HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT (LINCOLN)

Lincoln Mural by Hugo Gellert

We all had heroes when we were younger…. mine was Abraham Lincoln. His name, the image of him were very much a part of my childhood. It started with my grandmother, a woman who spoke no English but thought of herself as updated in world affairs. When she referred to the President of the United States, she referred to President Lincoln. He was alive and well in her mind.
There was a savings bank in my neighbourhood, the Lincoln Savings Bank. On the ceiling there was a mural of Lincoln leading the slaves to freedom, very much in the style of Moses doing the same thing. (She also spoke of Moses as if he were a kid that grew up next door to her).
The local High School, which I attended, was Abraham Lincoln High School.
The Brigade of brave American volunteers that went off to fight Franco and his fascists in Spain was called the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the bravest men I ever met.
So, wherever I went, whatever I did, the image of Abraham Lincoln was forever present.
198 years after his birth, he is still a man I admire, a man whose visions of justice would be welcome in America today.
Happy Birthday Dear Mr. President!

His famous speech in Gettysburg is still an inspiration for all who strive for Statehood and Freedom….

The Gettysburg Address
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– Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – Nov. 19, 1863

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on 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 on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place 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 cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot 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 it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. 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 that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

2 Comments

  1. CrazyComposer (aka Peter Amsel) said,

    February 12, 2007 at 20:02

    A very fitting post for a great man. I find the words of his address ironic, particularly this line: “The world will little note nor long remember what we say here”, which is obviously one of the great miscalculations of all times.

    In a day when thousands of innocent lives have been lost in another sensless war I can’t help but wonder what words this current president might chose to use were he given the opportunity to consecrate a military cemetary (or monument) for the men and women that he has killed through obfuscation and deceit.

    “So, uh, back in 2001, uh, those evil doers came here – to Ah-mur-ick-ah – and they brought their war to our back yard. Well, uh, we gave ’em a whippin’, ‘cept for these poor buggers who we are honoring with this monument.

    “This giant phalus, sliding into a representation of an average citizen symbolizes what my government, ah, well, ah, what mt government has done to, ah, you all. Yup, we avenged the evil doers by killing more of you, spending your grandkiddies inheritance and plunging us into a war that we are unable to, uh, get out of.

    “Now, I know you all think you have the answers, but I’m the decider, and I decided that the best thing to do was to continue on the course – to stay the course – I mean to not change our strategy, uh, I mean, and here today we are putting this here monument to represent just how much we think of what you think of what we think. Uh … yeah, that’s right, and God bless Ah-mur-ick-ah.”

    Now that, nobody will remember.

    Oh well …

    Nice post

  2. DesertPeace said,

    February 12, 2007 at 20:55

    Thanks Peter…
    Lincoln will be remembered for all eternity… Bush is already forgoten in most people’s minds…. at least they are looking forward to him being out of office.


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