Gettysburg Address edition
- Lincoln did not write the speech on the back of an envelope during the train ride to Gettysburg- he worked on the speech in the weeks leading up to the ceremony, making minor alterations after arriving in Gettysburg
- “Under God” is in the original speech. Secularists enjoy speculating Lincoln omitted those words, but three separate newspaper transcriptions include them- the reporters were in the crowd that day.
- There is no photograph of Lincoln giving the speech- the one known photo captures Lincoln returning to his seat after speaking… a recent discovery may show Lincoln before the speech.
- Lincoln composed the address without speechwriters. This is one of the few Presidential speeches where this can be positively asserted.
- The exact spot of the address is still in doubt. Scholars now acknowledge that both commemorative plaques in the National Cemetery are incorrect.
November 19, 1863- nice hat, Abe
R0bert E. Lee was an honorable man… White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was not wrong making this observation. Unfortunately, Lee’s honor too often guided him down the wrong paths in life. It was this misguided sense of honor that led him to fight for one of the worst causes in history. Once the conflict was over, Lee behaved admirably in helping the Confederate forces put down their weapons and reenter Union society.
Traitor? Noble Warrior?
Lee advised his former countrymen-
“It is the duty of every citizen, in the present condition of the Country, to do all in his power to aid in the restoration of peace and harmony…Dismiss from your mind all sectional feeling, and bring [your children] up to be Americans.”
As the President of Washington College, Lee often dismissed white students who carried out violence against black residents… and did not tolerate “Lost Cause” propaganda at the school. A professor who regularly criticized US Grant received one of the famous, pointed Lee rebukes:
“Sir, if you ever presume again to speak disrespectfully of General Grant in my presence, either you or I will sever his connection with this university.”
The demand for hyphenated citizenship is a curious part… of 21st century American life. Too many Americans feel incomplete without qualifying their nationality with an arbitrary link to some other part of the world. Cultural relativism brainwashes people into believing that America is simply a place- like a loosely governed boarding house. Thomas Jefferson gave us our creed in 1776- a belief that unites us all. The modern world carries on as if these ideals were never truly American.
Theodore Roosevelt said it best:
"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all."
What is wrong with declaring yourself and American first? If you are fascinated with your ancestry, there are websites for that now…. Assimilation to the American creed should not be an objectionable expectation.
Filed under Ephemera, News
JFK documents will take years to analyze… many files withheld for “National Security Concerns”
Tom Hanks honored by the National Archives Foundation… encourages Americans worried about current events to read their history
Historical illiterates vandalize Theodore Roosevelt monument in NYC… the foolish assault on history continues
Pittsburgh Art Commission votes to remove Stephen Foster memorial… Even noted abolitionists are racists in today’s America
Reenactors continue Cedar Creek event despite bomb threat… FBI investigating threat and suspicious package at Civil War reenactment
No historical figure is safe
Jeff Flake’s speech to the US Senate yesterday seemed historic to many… a principled stand against Donald Trump’s attempts to destroy the time-honored traditions of the Presidency.
“Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as “telling it like it is,” when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified.”
Flake wants nothing to do with a party that is complicit in a charlatan… determined to undermine our republic and its virtues.
“Because politics can make us silent when we should speak, and silence can equal complicity. I have children and grandchildren to answer to, and so, Mr. President, I will not be complicit.”
The ghost of Henry Clay must have been smiling on Senator Flake… for he too took a stand against an unprincipled buffoon- Andrew Jackson. Clay never regretted his decisions because history has vindicated his actions. Jackson can only muster the “spirit of the day.” Clay’s policies actually had real historic impact. He said it best in 1838…
“I’d rather be right than be President.”
Indeed. Hurrah! Senator Flake