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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Monday, November 19, 2007

Today in History...

Four score 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 battle-field 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 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 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.

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Blogger Brody said...

Every single time I have out of town guests, I take them to the Lincoln and then wander away, to stand in the wings in awe while I read that and the second inaugural, carved in the marble.

11/20/2007 12:28 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Definitely two of the finest speeches in American history. Recently read a good book called "The Eloquent President" by Ronald C. White, Jr. about the source and style of Lincoln's writings/speeches. Worth reading.

11/22/2007 4:58 AM  
Anonymous dave said...

I regularly steal a line from this speech when I write memorial resolutions and proclamations for soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan: "gave the last full measure of devotion."

Has there ever been a better three minute speech?

11/22/2007 8:47 AM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Nope, they don't make speeches like that anymore, nor Presidents like Father Abraham, unfortunately.

11/22/2007 9:44 PM  
Anonymous Brooks said...

Why is it that my eyes still tear up every time I read this speech?

Is it possible that I'm just not as cynical as I think I am?

11/25/2007 9:12 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

We are none of us as cynical as we think we are.

11/25/2007 11:07 PM  

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