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Where was Obama on the 150th anniversary of the speech and dedication?The Gettysburg Address. Where were you?

Updated on June 14, 2014

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.

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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.

Truth?

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.

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Mia Culpa

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.

Majesty

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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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Thank you for reading this hub.

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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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent statement, really clear and helpful to me. Thank you.

      I think I look at it more like this: "Thank you for dying for your nation, a nation that has finally, finally started to realize the one good thing to come out of a horrible war" And for Obama to say -- look at me, I am a part of that American Ideal and Dream. You can be also!

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      Yes Dear 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I was well aware of it growing up. Real tomboy, and I remember telling my little brother, I wish I were a boy--so I could do what I want. My older daughters caught some of that, but my youngest....not a chance. Skys the limit for her, and her friends--whoever they are. Color, gender, whatever!

      And I think making an issue of Obama not going is kind of arrogant.

      I mean, its like saying to me, "you should thank us for not beating you anymore, and letting you vote"

      ....never should have been that way in the first place. You know what I mean?

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brian you make a great point. That is the rub of respecting our identity. It always must yield to commonality -- tough balancing.

      The spirit is truly embedded. Thanks

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like your sentiments here love. I do not know that they tie in with the subject. Certainly by acts Obama is superior to me -- yet we are both equals as men.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey, I see nothing wrong with using the word "attack" shucks we are discussing somewhat a battle. And yes I see respect here.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      IDONO and Michael. You two seem to strongly disagree. And I really appreciate both of your points of view and how respectful you get them across. I have trouble with that. I do think that right now those approval ratings are something we should notice. And I think we should be mightily aware that the envelope is being pushed into a formation of more and bigger big government which is proving unworthy of the tasks they are trying to undertake.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you all for great comments. It looks like we have good opposing positions and labels no person would like stuck on them or their parties.

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      Brian Prickril 4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Eric, nothing drums up excitement like a little political talk. It's been a long time since I read the Gettysburg Address. Fortunately this great nation has not perished from the earth no matter how crazy things have gotten. We, today, may be a lot different than our founding fathers, but if you look closely I believe the spirit of America is embedded in the DNA of every citizen.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Eric,, I did not say IDONO.. was attacking you did I..?

      power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely..

      the politic body does not rule us .. hey work for us.. WE THE PEOPLE

      "power to control others".. is something only a liberal democrat would say or a communist sympathizer ..

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      IDONO 4 years ago from Akron Ohio

      Every nation in every era has and will always be divided. But one always wants to overtake the other. But it kind of has to be that way or there would be no reason to succeed. We equate success with power. Power to rule; power to buy; power to control others for the purpose of enhancing our own comfort.

      I'm back to acceptance. It seems to allow us to move forward in just about any situation. If we would all accept that this country, world or whatever, is always going to be divided in some way, maybe we could learn to co-exist without trying to all be the same. And all being the same is impossible without at some point, one being the winner and one being the loser.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      IDONO you know I preach. But I also hope you get that I do not preach a position. I preach to think. And to love. I do not see a break in love between you and cleaner3. I see hardcore airing of opinion. When I do teach that is all I ask.

      Can you imagine that I really "love" both of your points of view. Once I was a lawyer - never a judge. I can only judge both of you as friends.

      Now with all that gobbledygook out of the way. Dang it to all heck it was a wonderful opportunity to heal a nation that is now also divided. Maybe I am foolish, but that would be my calling as a "man who loved his people" all people.

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      IDONO 4 years ago from Akron Ohio

      Eric: I won't tell people that you're a nice guy if you'll teach cleaner3 the difference between an attack and agreeing to disagree as you and I do so well and with total respect. Thanks Eric. Always a pleasure.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Michael it does seem I am somehow being made the focus and/or Obama as a embattled POTUS. I meant to be speaking to a more conceptual notion. I guess if someone is known democrat versus known republican the same rules apply ---- as they might to what race one is. Attack is norm. That is why I liked IDONO's post, disagreed but went to good issues.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You would be wrong there in many ways. Former President Eisenhower made the town his home. Kennedy had to cancel his speech there but sent one. Certainly everyone forgot this quickly as Kennedy died 3 days later. And certainly that man did more to advance the Civil rights than any other president.

      Nowhere in this article did I mention a political party. Now I get it.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Eric... the slings of arrows begin..

      Hmm. IDONO "not one that I saw fit" really says more about you then you can say yourself..

      look back at his record.. that speaks for him .. just as my words speak for my own opinion .. he has hurt more Americans than any war could and the worst is yet to come..

      I apologize to you ERIC for arguing my convictions on your post but as I said when you post the ugly truth .. be prepared for the defenders of ignorance and the staus quo to attack you from every angle possible yet without logical reason..!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      IDONO, I like all of your points. And I think you make a good strong case. But "I do no" that criticism for a president is normal and not personal really. Personally, my criticism was because he is special. Yes I hold him to the highest of high standards. And one hundred and fifty years is very special also.

      I did mention that the war was not just about freeing slaves and all people should know that.

      I also believe that we really do not have bad presidents. Yes they do bad stuff but so do I. (and please do not tell anyone, but I really am not a bad guy)

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      IDONO 4 years ago from Akron Ohio

      Eric, I'm sorry man, but I have to side with Junkseller, to a point. No matter what he does, he's wrong. At least in the republican press world. Also, the Civil War was a north/south issue. Not a black/white issue. Every war is the beginning and the end of something, but that's not what Gettysburg was about.

      Speaking of courage and political correctness. Did he not show courage by making the unpopular decision not to go to Gettysburg because he chose to pay tribute in a way that was not politically correct? He is American too. His critics are upset because he did it his way rather than their way. He did not want that celebration to be distracted from by racial issues that were not there at the time of the address. You yourself stated that didn't happen for 100 years. So as I'm concerned, his decision, although unpopular, was the right one.

      If my child was to learn the address on this day, I would want him to learn it in the context it was delivered 150 years ago; not in the racially, politically charged world we live in today.

      As for cleaner3; I voted for Obama and I am not one tiny bit ASHAMED of it. Was there a better alternative? no one that I saw fit. The only reason one should be ashamed is if they didn't vote at all. To be ashamed of who I voted for would mean I was ashamed of the America that gave me that right to choose.

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      Yes Dear 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Ladt prez to speak at gettysberg commemeration was willliam howard taft.

      bush visited in 08, didnt speak.

      Clinton-nope.

      reagan-nope.

      did the battle mean nothing to them?

      Obama has to take the time to thank white people, tho. Right?

      why?

      Which white prez thanked african americans for all the free labor?

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Interesting. I will have to re-read what I wrote. But I think I referred to respect I had for Obama and that I was "critical" of him. But I cannot remember saying I dislike him. I do not even know him. Oh well.

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      Yes Dear 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      What a joke.

      I felt we should have been ashamed for electing bush, and for my view was told I hate america.

      people say the most vile things about obama, and claim they are patriotic!

      I also speak out against israel, and am told I hate jews.

      you people who dislike obama get off easy.

      and he owes nothing to anyone.

      after the way hes been treated, he should wipe his feet on these race apologists.

      I wonder why glenn beck never said he had a deep-seated hatred of black people, dont you?

      Being half white and all.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks, I might go over and check you out there.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Junkseller for that point of view. Certainly a lot of spouses can claim the same. hihihihi

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      junkseller 4 years ago from Michigan

      If he had shown up he'd be criticized just the same, if not more, for stealing attention away from the event. This is a guy who can be criticized for tying his shoes incorrectly. I'm sure some will criticize him for not both showing up, and not showing up, using his cloning device that the lizard people gave him.

      Personally, I can see arguments either way, but without knowing his full calculus, I don't see how I could judge one way or the other.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      We need a lot more like you to speak out my friend

      there are many on Google+ who are shouting the same thoughts

      that is where I spend most of my time now .. more interactive than Hp ..

      but keep expressing your truth.. I have your back..1

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you friend. It means a great deal to have you write down your comments like this on this hub. Sure we can act all brave, but it sure is nice to have support.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      My man..

      it takes courage to face the wind and spit into it.. knowing you can wipe it off later,

      to face the ugly truth and show it to others ..

      is the definition of courage .. for the slings and arrows that will come your way will also be endured.. the stings will be like the bite of mosquito's if you are true to your own self.

      many times people do want to see or hear the truth .. so they keep walking or turn away .. hoping no 0one will notice

      OUR country should be ashamed for re electing this man ..

      I will leave it at that

      you are a American .. I can truly say without reservation

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Each life precious and each life given for others. Perhaps that says much about you and HOW much you give. Thank you Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As always the truth shines through in your hub. Obama missed an opportunity yesterday for sure...there are lessons to be learned at Gettysburg.