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May 24, 2009

Memory and meaning in late May (II)

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on May 24, 2009

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Graves at Gettysburg National Cemetery

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 on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. 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 hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, 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.

The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln
The Nicolay Draft (emphases in original)
More from the Library of Congress

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2 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 24, 2009 @ 9:37 am

Hard to improve on the final version. Hoping that it is read over and over forever. An interesting change in the US occurred over the last few decades as SCOTUS has given the rights of the individual to corporations, a concept designed in the coffee houses of London in the 1600′s to limit the huge liability of transAtlantic shipping losses. Until this concept is reversed by the SCOTUS it will not be government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Interesting the rise in modern corporate power. The so-called “Dollar a year” men in WWI and WWII did in fact receive $1 from the government for their service. They were also not required to divest themselves in any way of their corporate connections and in fact received their business salaries throughout the WARS from their prior employers. This led to something called the DUAL COMPENSATION ACT of 1947 which perhaps needs some modification but if enforced according to my understanding prohibits anyone receiving a salary from the US Government from receiving any earned income actively acquired, not passive stock holdings, from receiving any outside income. Bill Grieder in his wonderful book in the early 90′s styled “Who Will Tell the People” documented the fact that there is only one party inside the beltway–the incumbency party. Several excellent blogs and political commentators and researchers have documented the shrinking differences in actual policy differences between Republicans and Democratic politicians. Their argument is ignore the rehtoric and follow the money. Here’s hoping those who we honor on Memorial Day did not die for either State Socialism or Corporate Capitalism or some variant thereof but in fact for freedom to pursue individual happiness in our country without stepping on the rights of others.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

May 25, 2009 @ 7:31 am

Government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

What a wonderful premise and the truth is that if individuals were not so selfish and truly espoused diversity and respect for one another, not necessarily embracing one another, however making every effort to understand differences, mankind would surive and flourish!

On this Memorial Day like previous, I think of Churchill and how without his hope for democracy, freedom, when everyone else was ready to throw the towel in, a one-man campaign, one individual who was willing to stand tall amidst ridicule and so much more, we would be not under the democracy today as reality appears, but rather Life under the auspices of the SS with everyone making themselves blue eyed and blonde! By the way, history tells us that blonds do not have much fun when the final story is told….

In in thinking about Winston Churchill I believe he was truly Blessed by God – this Winston Churchill – and we must thank God!

Winston’s Mother may have lived in poverty, but she and Winston’s Father must have been proud of
their son who has stood taller than anyone, staunch in his wisdom, willing to openly decry the foul actions of the tyranny so many encountered as bullets pierced their hearts and good souls walked in procession to death which still prompts tears….

As D-day approaches, the thoughts of so much blood shed on the beaches of Normandy, a sea filled with blood, arms, legs, bodies of young men 18 years old or not that much more. Young men sent by America to a foreign land leaving their own homes to affront the demonic demeanor of Hitler who like our Wall Street and central bankers portray little for the downtrodden. So much fear, so many tears, so much suffering.

The people of France especially along the seafront towns and villages who continue to shower with appreciation and accolades the revisit of the aging and last of the men who fought so furiously against the German gun batteries awaiting them in the early morning hours to afford their younger generations today and me as well the rights of free men and women, the ability to write in this blog without recrimintaion and to openly criticize the good ‘ol beltway boys.

Though during my last trip to Washington for a meeting with government folk, pulled out of line at the terminal before boarding, subjected to being searched from head to toe, cell phone and laptop getting a good lookover even on the inside and even my briefcase stitching viewed which prompted my question to the now four gentlemen convening…whose list am I on??

Obviously I shared comment only after this TSA commitment in diligence, however even this slight – intentional – inconvenience was celebrated by me as I prefer some delay as long as random and not initiated for my written commentaries on Wall Street, central bankers and the Pelosi-Frank socialist mentality believing that they know better than we as to our needs as individuals and what good, responsible and ethical goverment really looks like….very concerned for the lack of transparency when printing and distributing “Paulson et al fiat dollars” and certainly not exposing oneself to the Arab media so quickly, making gestures to the Muslim which is not a religious belief, but a practice of law, the fundamentalists, appeasing AQ, the Taliban and the Iranian regime of “thugs” whose bloodied hands have killed many thousands of our young men and women as well as innocents who they call infidels and we have former Carter holding closed door meetings with the Syrians and – undisclosed backroom discussions by government agents – while these thugs not only threaten to annihilate the Hebrew with special covenant, but now boast to the Germans and the EU that their missiles can reach European hubs.

My advice this Memorial Day 2009 to these Iranian thugs despite the backroom meetings with the scholarly “diplomats” – keep looking in front of you,to the side and behind you at all times as the clock is ticking.

This very appreciative American in his 50′s who holds the men and women in our military, the soldier who protects us as well as our police officers, firefighters and EMT’s, unlike the politician who loathe us and seek personal agenda and seek to incestuously applaud one another despite our “entrusted” and precious vote, you the uncivilized, the devious willing to murder without consideration of Life, as an American of Hellenic and Spartan heritage, while you may see even the Egyptian government falter soon as well as AFPak, yet do not be too zealous for it is wrotten that you will see the German-led EU fast deployment forces at your door and their shiny new Naval vessels supported by the Vatican’s inspiration of initiating the last crusade all mustered in force for your sake and disposition….

You need not look younder to America, for it will be as the lessons of history teach us and the Bible dictates with clarity, the 275 million fluent Germans in Europe who will not tolerate your vile ambitions.

Happy Memorial Day!

God Bless this great nation and its most charitable people.

Christopher Tingus
64 Whidah Drive
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA
chris.tingus@gmail.com

*Also, on this day I wish to suggest to the “good ‘ol beltway boys” on both sides of the aisle that any home grown idiot that purports or indeed carries out an acknowledged terrorist attack on this Republic’s soil be subjected to a mandatory death sentence by hanging in the square.

Enough tolerance for criminal bahavior especially affecting our precious homeland, the Beacon of Hope for so, so many.

Close the borders, stop the billions and billions of dollars going overseas and let the super Europeans who must deal with the likings of KGB Putin and his shrewdness remembering how Stalin lied as well at his every opportunity, the Europeans who know better how to address the issues at hand in their harsh terms.

They after all have made it clear after all their efforts to snub us embracing the first lady while saying no obama in their obvious and intended quest in ambition to become the Middle East power broker superceding our efforts to bring peace to the streets of Hebron and Jericho and to the Jaffa Gate, the newly organized and oil thirsty ten (10) nation only EU will surely address the issues without haste!

To the Iranians and the fundamentalists on this Memorial Day 2009, throw your towel down now for the Germans have little tolerance for your woeful deameanor towards others as we have all experienced the wrath and besiegment of German mentality which is no match for your fundamentalist viewpoints.

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