Where was Obama on the 150th anniversary of the speech and dedication?The Gettysburg Address. Where were you?
Let this boy be free to speak.
Are we immune from who we are?
Gettysburg is tragedy. Just the name sends shivers down my spine. Good estimates put the number of casualties at well over 45,000 in a basically 3 day battle. All casualties were on American soil. Probably the largest and worst destruction ever in the Americas. At that time it was hard to say how many of casualties were US citizens but by right, they all were.
So now I am going to be critical of a man, because of the color of his skin. I know full well this is not politically correct and not in normal propriety. But I heard yesterday that we can be like that. A big super sports broadcasting network said that we can exclude or include from debate, based on color of skin. Something about the vile and disgusting use of the “N” word.
Are you frightened to speak your mind?
Do you bite your tongue more than you use it.
Where were you?
Now I am very mixed and I am adopted so my ancestry is questionable. But by birth, to the best of my knowledge I am Black Irish and Italian and probably both those parents were immigrants to the USA. However my adoptive family is all German American about 3 generations. My perspective is that if you have roots you honor them. And if you are identified with a group you honor that group. And if you are President of the United States you honor fallen soldiers and events that made our country great.
I remind of you 9/11. There was a cry out after that day “where was President Bush?” As though that made any difference at all. But in fact he was caught red handed, reading to a bunch of school children. Now the day after the 150 anniversary of the dedication of Gettysburg and Of a defining speech made by our President of that time, I ask a simple question: “Where was President Obama?”
This song will soon be banned. Too Christian I suppose.
Now there are two things of which there is no doubt. The Civil War of the United States of America was tragic. And it resulted in the beginning of the end of the “slavery of Black Peoples” in the United States. There are many other issues and arguments but that is for another day. Notice I do not say that it freed Black Peoples or that it ended slavery, that for sure took at least one hundred more years.
So I am critical of President Barack Hussein Obama for not going to Gettysburg yesterday to commemorate the day, because he is black. Oh I criticize him also for being the President and not going. But mostly I am dismayed that he did not honor that day in his blackness.
How about this child?
I know and I know a “white” man cannot speak this way, because I am not black. Well I researched really hard and could not find any rule that says that. And I live in a bi-racial home and nobody believes that my wife who is not white(although she is whiter than I) cannot criticize my whiteness. And often with very good cause. For instance white people where their shoes and street clothes in their homes. I admit that is my whiteness and it is rather crude.
So I shake my head. And say to myself “what kind of Black person who was elected to high office would not celebrate and honor this special day?” Do not worry yourself. I am now over it. But one more chink off the armor of respect that I have for this important man has happened.
Enough harsh talk.
Now on to the Address. I will reprint it here because it deserves to be read by all as often as it can be. And I find it quite odd that the grammar, punctuation and even spelling would probably get it unfeatured here on a published and edited site. And that “copyscape” might well flag this entire piece because I put in the few hundred words that are not copyrighted.
Here is a fun side note. This copy is called the Hay copy. Hay was the secretary to Abe Lincoln. My oldest daughter is named Hayley after her great grandmother and grandfather who were of the family Hay and That lineage is tight. Born of Kentucky.
So here it is and it is really cool.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon 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 here on a great battle field of that war. We are now have come to dedicate a portion of it as the a final resting place of 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 can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished ^work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. 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 the that cause for which they here gave gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
This sign says a lot.
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Let me wrap this up with a note.
We as a world people must not take for granted the power of the written word and or the spoken word. And what that really means is that we need to express ourselves. We are becoming so desensitized and fearful of offending that we are missing out on important stuff that should be discussed. I do not care if China or Saudi Arabia ban certain speech or if we let business block our speech from being published. The result is the same. There are certain freedoms that all humans should have and freedom of expression is one of those rights that must be inalienable. And we are allowing it’s decay by preventing ourselves from saying things because it may offend. Well count me out of that “rule” that came from politicians and is therefore properly called “politically correct”.
Just take a look at the US approval ratings of our politicians. Now are you going to tell me to act correctly according to those standards? That is completely crazy. Am I supposed to tell my children not to use a word because politicians deem it incorrect? Really? Those folks cannot even speak civilly to each other. They cannot run our country properly at all and the obviously believe things that the media tells them. Well you go right ahead and let them tell you how to speak. I think I will go with what my mother taught me.
Try not to offend but never lie in order to make someone happy.
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