The Address: Seven Score and Ten Tears Ago

Beautifully rendered ... such a pleasure to read. Thank you. ~D

Posted by Deann at February 12, 2013 6:03 AM

In my advancing age, I increasingly read the Address as the greatest and most influential rhetoric written since Common Sense. The work of the War Between the States was not to preserve the Union. Lincoln could have done that without war. The war was to end slavery in the union. It was not to create equality. "-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-" was a cause finished in 1865. The Union could not have fielded a single division to fight over equality, and Lincoln knew it better than anyone.The most unfortunate legacy of the War of Northern Aggression is the permanent war of equality.

"We have learned to do a great many clever things. Our next great task will be to learn to not do them."-
Edmund Burke

Posted by james wilson at February 12, 2013 11:29 AM

Now Seven Score and Ten

Posted by Fat Man at November 19, 2013 5:12 AM

Got it. Thanks.

Posted by vanderleun at November 19, 2013 7:23 AM

I, on the other hand, am convinced that the Gettysburg Address is nothing but high-sounding gibberish, written as a throwaway piece on a train by the most Satanic president.

Posted by Lorne at November 19, 2013 9:10 AM

Hold that thought, Lorne.

Posted by vanderleun at November 19, 2013 9:49 AM

I lean with you Lorne. Lincoln understood better than anyone else in his time that the only way for his objective "Maniacally Strong Federal Government" to survive was to beat the South into submission and keep it and the rest of the country in servitude to Washington.

His "preservation of the Union" was the pitch he used to protect federal demagoguery and he didn't give a damn about how many Southern or Northern lives it cost anymore than he cared one whit about blacks, except to say they shouldn't be held in the bondage of slavery.

Destroying "states rights" was his only objective.

Posted by Jack at November 19, 2013 1:29 PM

I lean with you Lorne. Lincoln understood better than anyone else in his time that the only way for his objective "Maniacally Strong Federal Government" to survive was to beat the South into submission and keep it and the rest of the country in servitude to Washington.

His "preservation of the Union" was the pitch he used to protect federal demagoguery and he didn't give a damn about how many Southern or Northern lives it cost anymore than he cared one whit about blacks, except to say they shouldn't be held in the bondage of slavery.

Destroying "states rights" was his only objective.

Posted by Jack at November 19, 2013 1:29 PM

Hmm, too bad you can't blame this one on Bush. Oh, wait, the Illuminati were around back then, make it their fault.

You'll never see the stars if you keep looking at your shoes.

Posted by chasmatic at November 20, 2013 7:47 AM