Gay Rights, Killer Clowns, And The Gettysburg Address

Let's just say there is a certain difference of gravitas between these two people. Yes, Barack Obama golfs and orders people—sometimes even terrorists and not just little kids—assassinated. What a powerful leader of drone drivers is this website wizard! On the left, poor man, is just the fellow who by his unyielding willpower, and the deaths of 750,000 Americans, forced the USA to be one, slaveless, nation. And as you may know, Lincoln was assassinated for his trouble.
When Abraham Lincoln went to Gettysburg in November, 1863, to dedicate a national cemetery and memorial to the Union troops (most definitely NOT the Confederate troops) who fought and died there, he had a very particular idea in mind: that the survival of a democratic government, dedicated to liberty and equality, could be achieved.

Lincoln asked that the blood “from these honored dead” (US government employees) inspire the living to fight for “a new birth of freedom”, which would demonstrate to the world that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Why the focus on government? Because it had generally been thought up to the time of the American Revolution, and even by many of the Founders, that democracy was an extremely risky form of government, that had a track record in history of failing, often quickly but eventually anyway, to partisan strife and the attractions of dictatorship. The latter end of democratic states occurred because the chaos which often afflicted “the people” trying to work out their own problems, made one-man-rule seem like a good idea by comparison.

So, Lincoln, highly cognizant that the USA was definitely engaged in a severe “test” of democratic government, dedicated the bloody Gettysburg battlefield, where 51,000 human beings were killed and wounded over the three-day fight, to the American democratic form of government. Lincoln did not use the word “union”, but that was implied in what he was saying. Lincoln did not use the word “slavery”, but everybody understood that was the equality the American government was fighting to see recognized throughout the nation—especially in the South.

President Barack Obama, seeking in his own way to commemorate Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, offered on the White House website, Obama’s own attempt to sum up the importance of Lincoln’s most famous (but mostly unremembered) words.

Let us just say the obvious: Barack Obama is no Abraham Lincoln. Not in terms of strength of character. Not in terms of his devotion to the preservation of government of, by, and for the people. And most certainly not in Obama’s rhetoric.

First off, Obama decided it would be nice to write his memorial comments, by hand, and to post his hand-written copy online. Perhaps the thinking is that anything handwritten is going to be viewed by the witless people as more sincere, and less fabricated by speech writers. Of course, Abraham Lincoln hand wrote his comments because he didn’t have a computer. Nor for that matter did Lincoln even have a typewriter.

Secondly, Obama does something that seems so inappropriate up against Lincoln’s words, but which is a common tactic of modern political rhetoric. Obama talks about himself. And implies that the worries of his modern concerns, like totally fucking up Obamacare, keep him up late at night—just like Abraham Lincoln must have stayed up late with that Civil War thing:

“In the evening, when Michelle and the girls have gone to bed, I sometimes walk down the hall to a room Abraham Lincoln used as his office. It contains an original copy of the Gettysburg Address, written in Lincoln’s own hand.”

Meanwhile, over in the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln talks about the people, and “our fathers” and how WE are engaged in a “great civil war” and how WE must make a new devotion out of the blood of the dead. He doesn’t talk about himself, or his family, nor does he seek to suggest that his own sufferings or late night worries matter in the least:

“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”

Can you imagine ANY modern politician admitting, especially about some supposedly important statement, that he knows you probably aren’t going to remember pol words, because frankly those don’t matter?

And before you object—but WE DO remember Abraham Lincoln’s words. Really? Do you? Because the vast majority of people, prior to this commemorative, couldn’t have told you much about what the Gettysburg Address was about. Most probably still cannot do so.

And they wouldn’t get much clue about it, by reading Obama’s thoughts about Lincoln and the allegedly famous speech. For Obama, remembering Lincoln is a way of remembering every interest group that needs to get mentioned, when Barry is fatuously blathering about rights:

“Through cold war and world war, through industrial revolution and technological transformation, through movements for civil rights and women’s rights and worker’s rights and gay rights, we have.”

We have what? Oh you know, COLLECTIVELY shared in “toil and sacrifice”. You probably recall how that is going during our own time, especially since 2008.

But, can you imagine Lincoln in 1863 mentioning the important battle for equality for all the nation’s sodomites, and for god’s sake—WOMEN???

They might have just assassinated Abe right there at Gettysburg.

Lastly, please note the way in which the two presidents discuss their hopes for the future of the USA.

Lincoln's version from the Gettysburg Address: "[May] and that government of the people, by the people, for the people...not perish from the earth."

Obama's version from the Insomnia Notes: "Lincoln’s words give us confidence that whatever trials await us, this nation and the freedom we cherish can, and shall, prevail."

Oh cool—so Lincoln was like a football coach, and was giving the blue team confidence that it would prevail. YAY!!

Hmm...well, if you're an idiot, maybe that's how to spin it. But what is actually very interesting in Lincoln's speech is the lack of cheerleading, the lack of obvious confidence that the forces of good (or democracy) are going to prevail. Lincoln wants that to happen, of course, and he does ask people to help him see that democratic government can survive the awful test of the Civil War, but the word prevail has a recent, decadent, history, which makes its employment by Obama all the more disturbing.

Specifically: "In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."

Remember that? It is the victory speech of the clownish killer, George W. Bush, who now, like John Wayne Gacy, has taken to painting in his retirement.

Was Obama being ironic? Does Obama even believe in or care about "the freedom we cherish", because to judge from his NSA binges, not to mention his utter contempt for the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, the Fourth Amendment—oh hell—ALL the Bill of Rights—it is difficult to see how Obama's idea of freedom is the same one understood by the people, or by Abraham Lincoln.

So, another Civil War 150th has come and gone. I am old enough to recall the Civil War 100th. People were WAY more into recalling and celebrating the war back then. It seems now that people are almost uncomfortable thinking about it, and I think that is not because the events seem so alien and remote to them, but rather quite the opposite, that the political polarization, the extremism, the existential antagonism in the USA's many tribes, is disturbingly familiar to anybody who looks over the 1850s run-up to the Civil War.

It's gotten so bad, we're even electing Whigs once again.

Let us just say, if and when the second Civil War should begin, we are almost certainly not going to be lucky enough (or unlucky enough if you're still upset about the Confederacy losing) to have anyone of the stature of Abraham Lincoln in charge. Nope, we shall be lucky in fact to survive 2016 having kept even with the stature of Barack Obama. And that should be depressing enough to authorize a binge all the way through Christmas (of some year or the other) I should think.