Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Abraham Lincoln Across the Decades

President Lincoln (highlighted) at Gettysburg. 11/19/63
November 19, 2013 belongs to Abraham Lincoln. One-hundred and fifty-years ago on this day he came to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to dedicate a new national cemetery on a field that was still drenched in the blood of Union and Confederate soldiers. What he said there really needs no preface:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.  

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. 

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863


Lincoln at Gettysburg
by Gary Wills 

With Malice Toward None
by Stephan B. Oates

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"The Rant" by Tom Degan



At 9:13 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

"The world will little note nor long remember what we say here."

Yeah, right.

At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The black-nationalist Department of Homeland Security employee who was placed on leave almost four months ago for running a website that espouses the mass murder of whites has still not been fired, an agency spokesperson told National Journal.

The Southern Poverty Law Center first exposed Ayo Kimathi in August, prompting a small media firestorm that led DHS to place the procurement officer on administrative leave with pay pending review. DHS deputy press secretary Gillian Christensen confirmed that his status has not changed and that he is still on leave pending review.

Kimathi, using the online nom de guerre "the Irritated Genie," called for "ethnic cleansing" of "black-skinned Uncle Tom race traitors" on his website, which envisioned a massive race war on the horizon. "In order for Black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites—more than our Christian hearts can possibly count," he wrote.

In other postings, he warned that whites and their enablers like President Obama are trying to "homosexualize" black men in order to make them weaker, and suggested that a woman's primary role in life should be to "keep a strong Black man happy." He also seemed to hold anti-Semitic views, claiming in a Facebook post that his website was under attack from a conspiracy of "zionist smallhats, the Uncle Tom koons," and, naturally, "the haters."

By Alex Seitz-Wald

Soooo much for ending racism under Obama, our first black President who is so much like our 16th President. NOT.

At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad President Obama is skipping the memorial marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Has important teleconference with OFA, followed by a quick 18 holes of golf. Then off to an important fund raiser in Vegas.
How does he handle the pace?

At 10:20 AM, Blogger De_Bill said...

I'm pretty sure a case can be made for the difference between censorship and editing when those are the first comments made about what is considered by many to be the best speech ever made by an American president.

Give it a rest, at least for one day.

At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Thanks for calling, I cant take your call right now. I'm busy fixing ACA Tax problems along with it's website. But your call is very important to me. To check on my schedule for the 150 Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, please leave a message at the sound of the tone. Or leave a message at the pro shop of either the
Andrews Air Force Base
Fort Belvoir
golf courses.
Together we can fundamentally change America.
Hope and Change, etc.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

How things have changed. The Republican Right is now suppressing democracy. They are at war with the concept of "government of the people, by the people, for the people"

Their goal is dictatorship by the elite minority, and government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich. Their words and behavior show us how they truly resent "government of the people, by the people, for the people".

And, sorry, De_Bill, the fanatics of the radical Right will NEVER give it a rest. They are indoctrinated extremists, shilling for their wealthy elite masters.

Chuckie the Troll and his Bubble Cult's mission is to attack the Black Guy. Their mission is NOT to deal with healthcare, and the Constitutional mandate to promote and provide for the General Welfare of Americans.

Here's the GOP's Grand Oligarchy Plan:

Every man for himself, and let the powerful wealthy elites write our laws.

And of course, "Let 'em die".

Isn't that right, Chuckie?

He MUST ignore these truths, you know. To even argue against my points is to acknowledge they exist.

And we all know how little truth exists in their hate filled bubble.

Lincoln would be enraged, and then weep, at what the Republican Party has become.

At 1:04 PM, Blogger Chaz said...

Tom Degan is NOT the biggest jackass on the planet. That might be R Limb!@#$. Haven't been here in a while, but always appreciate Tom's rants. Here's a useful piece by Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard, that was carried in my local paper. Originally in WaPo. Suppose you'll need to copy and paste.


At 1:58 PM, Anonymous William Wallace said...

People are losing their health care insurance because of Obama Care and liberals claim the GOP plan is
""Let 'em die".

Large departure from reality.

John Wilkes Booth was a "peace" democrat.

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

LOL! A lecture on reality from a cultist who thinks liberals are commies out to destroy America, is hilarious.

The liberal plan is healthcare for all. Obamacare is just another other GOP plan.

Here's the GOP's Grand Oligarchy Plan:

Every man for himself, and let the powerful wealthy elites write our laws.

That's reality. Chuckie, can't even disagree.

At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom,

As always, a wonderful piece you have written. I visited Gettysburg several years ago and was so moved by what I saw and read about the battle there. One item I read said that Lincoln gave this speech and it was met with complete silence. He thought he had failed as a speech writer and orator and left the cemetary feeling like he had let down the soldiers who died there. It wasn't until the next day that he learned from a newspaper that he had stunned the crowd, leaving them speechless and somber. Newspapers all of the world printed and reprinted the speech.

Later on that same trip, we visited the monuments in DC and while we stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial we realized the impact he had on the whole world.

Our visit to Gettysburg and DC were during the Bush2 administration. It was a balm to my soul to read those words and realize that our country had survived way worst things then the history I was living in.

Thanks for the reminder that today belongs to Abraham Lincoln.


Jo in AZ

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shock!! President Obama has been caught in another lie!!

"President Obama was briefed earlier this year on a consulting firm’s report raising some red flags about HealthCare.gov, and was aware of his administration’s efforts to respond to those concerns, the White House said Tuesday.

“The president received regular briefings on various aspects of implementing the [Affordable Care Act], including the recommendations from this review and the steps that CMS, HHS and others had taken to address those recommendations,” press secretary Jay Carney said of a McKinsey report that House Republicans provided to news outlets including POLITICO on Monday."


At 7:06 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Obama lied, nobody died.

Bush lied, thousands of Americans died. And we're STILL paying for the lies:

Every hour, taxpayers in the United States are paying $824,328 for Cost of War in Iraq Since 2003. The dead are still dead. The maimed are still maimed. The families are still deprived of loved ones.

But that's just human lives and debt. Better for the racists to get mad at the Black Guy.

Sorry Abe, your party has turned against "government of the people, by the people, for the people".

Their goal is dictatorship by the elite minority, and government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich.

At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I'm a black, am I a racist if I blame the black guy who is President?

At 11:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colo. man signs up for OBAMA CARE his dog gets covered instead

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Colorado healthcare exchange has processed applications for thousands of people … and one dog.

Shane Smith, of Fort Collins, says his dog Baxter received a letter informing him that a health insurance account had been opened in his name through Connect for Health Colorado.

Smith had called Connect for Health Colorado to sign himself up for insurance because his old plan was cancelled due to Obamacare.
Blame the dog?

Jessica Sanford supported Obamacare, President quoted from her letter, finds out she can afford Obamacare.
Blame the white woman?

At 11:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


70% say country on wrong track

55% disapprove how Obama is running country

57% oppose Obamacare

49% vs 45% say they would no vote for Romney

Blame ABC?

At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOV. 20th 2013

Obama Job rating
37% approve
57% disapprove

31% approve
61% disapprove

Blame CBS.

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Anonymous, are you ever going to stop WHINING?

At 12:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Wednesday's CBS poll is that only 7% of the American public want ObamaCare "kept in place." A full 93% either believe that changes are needed to the law (48%) or want a full repeal (43%). This pits President Obama and Democrat lawmakers -- who thus far have refused to make any meaningful changes -- against 93% of the American people and 72% of Democrats.

Moreover, only 12% of Democrats want ObamaCare "kept as is." Another 12% want it repealed.

Yup that's me alright, whining cause Obamacare is a failure, just like Obama is a liar.

Blame Mozart.

At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vegas Hookers love Obamacare!
Here's a ringing endorsement for Obamacare from the hard working ladies of Harry Reidville.

RENO – (KRNV- NBC News) — There have been a number of critics to the Affordable Care Act, but the President’s signature legislation is getting support from an unusual source; working girls at Nevada’s legal brothels.

The girls at Nevada’s “Moonlight Bunny Ranch” say they support the new legislation. “Having this profession, we aren’t exactly offered group health insurance. It’s hard because I do have a pre-existing condition so I really support Obamacare. I’m excited,” says working girl Taylor Lee.

Ware on women, blame the GOP!

At 5:45 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Jeez Anonymous, you must enjoy looking like an idiot. Apparantly all you can do is repeat Rush Limbaugh word for word.


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