O and Lincoln – 150 years of “progress”

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From the Washington Post and other sources:

[Supposedly handwritten by the “messiah” himself – according to the WAPO.  They even provide a scan of the “original.”  Don’t seem to be any revisions: a neat, grade school paper and penmanship.]

In the evening, when Michelle and the girls have gone to bed, I sometimes walk down the hall to a room Abraham Lincoln used as his office. It contains an original copy of the Gettysburg Address, written in Lincoln’s own hand.

I linger on these few words that have helped define our American experiment: “a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Through the lines of weariness etched in his face, we know Lincoln grasped, perhaps more than anyone the burdens required to give those words meaning. He knows that even a self evident truth was not self executing; that blood drawn by the lash was an affront to our idealism; that blood drawn by the sword was in painful service to those same ideals.

He understood as well that our humble efforts, our individual ambitions, are ultimately not what matter; rather, it is through the accumulated toil and sacrifice of ordinary men and women — those like the soldiers who consecrated that battlefield — that this country is built, and freedom preserved. This quintessentially self made man, fierce in his belief in honest work and the striving spirit at the heart of America, believed that it falls to each generation, collectively, to share in that toil and sacrifice.

Through cold war and world war, through industrial revolution and technological transformation, through movements for civil rights and women’s rights and workers rights and gay rights, we have. At times, social and economic changes have strained our union. But Lincoln’s words give us confidence that whatever trials await us, this nation and the freedom we cherish can, and shall, prevail.

Nathan: It DO sound really pretty.  It’s homely (dare I say Lincolnesque?) and even pithy in places.  If we didn’t know the man, didn’t know what he’s done, what he’s tried to do, what he’s said, and how he lives and whom he emulates, we might even admire these words and honor him somewhat.

Instead, he brands himself as a hypocrite of the first water, and I suspect that if we knew who REALLY wrote this (how many speech writers and editors), we’d find even more self-service, two-faced hypocrites.  I wonder if they set up a teleprompter in the Lincoln Bedroom or the Oval Office so that he could copy the words from it for the “original.”

Anyone who read and remembers Mark Twain’s The War Prayer will understand the kind of hypocrisy exhibited in this little fantasy piece.

Like his “inspiration” Lincoln, the “messiah” actually is an impressive orator – as was Adolph Hitler and more than a few other tyrants down through the ages.  There were many things that Lincoln said and wrote that were in total opposition to his actions, and which blinded a good many people to his intentions, his goals, and his actions.  Fifty years ago, we had another man compared to Lincoln, but the current “imitator” exceeds even THAT man’s hypocrisy and malice and behavior.  Therefore, do not be surprised that I pray that nothing will cause harm to the present occupant of 1600, lest he, too, be made more a demigod than either Lincoln or Kennedy.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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