Thursday, November 21, 2013

He Probably Would Have Ridden in a Lincoln

Guess who didn't make it central Pennsylvania earlier this week for the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address?

Yep, me. And probably you. Stupid work and family stuff, in all likelihood. Hope no one noticed, right? If you feel better we weren't the only ones not there.

Actually a whole bunch of us were missing in action to include the President of the United States who, suggest some peanut butter conspiracy folks, and it's spreading doncha know, deliberately snubbed the event. Wow. De.Lib.Erate.Ly. That guy, huh?

Okay, maybe not so much huh or wow. It turns out despite this piece of doppel-think from the once formidable news folks of CNN. I especially like the initial quasi-oblique reference to the President's racial heritage followed shortly afterward with a more direct note for those of us who missed it the first time, or perhaps who hadn't realized the Commander in Chief is a black man.

Thanks, CNN. I'll stop adjusting the contrast on my TV set now. Explains why everyone else looked like they'd vacationed in Chernobyl.

Except, to return to the original outrage, not to be confused with original sin, well, at least not around here, the 'snub' of the anniversary, check out this, and most especially the next to last paragraph with a complete listing of the Presidents who have been to Gettysburg and, special note to those of the Hard Right Persuasion, your poster child, The Last True Republican, Ronald Reagan, isn't on the list as he never went to Gettysburg, once, during his eight years in office. That guy, huh?

My brother Adam had a marvelous piece on Lincoln, Gettysburg, and all of us on Tuesday. Realizing you probably saw it, here it is again anyway  "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here but it can never forget what they did here." Abe Lincoln. Barack Obama. And the rest of us. Those guys, and gals, huh?
-bill kenny

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