Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

“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 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.”
Memorial Day is an occasion for us to reflect on the patriotism and sacrifice made by those, who have served honorably in our military.
However, since Donald Trump became President and with the Republican party controlling the House, Senate and Supreme Court, we should be very concerned every day that our government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. 


Blogger John Stanley said...

And you actually believe that an all Democrat government will not look after it's privileged first, long before they look after other peoples needs, really, then you do not understand the group behaviors of man. "Do as I say, not as I do" is just as bad on BOTH sides of this idiotic game.
Example I can build a wall around my property for my safety, privacy and security, but building a wall to protect the same for the people along our southern borders is wrong, explain Obama's or the Clinton's walled residences?

12:54 PM  
Blogger Jim O'Leary said...


“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” That rule that is shared by 21 world religions. It’s an ethical code that states one has a right to just treatment, and a responsibility to ensure justice for others. It’s also called the ethic of reciprocity and is arguably the most essential basis for the modern concept of human rights.


The inscription on the Statue of Liberty was authored by Emma Lazarus. It says: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”


“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” - Martin Luther King.

Most importantly, the wall won’t work and is a waste of taxpayers money.

12:48 AM  
Blogger John Stanley said...

Not saying build a wall, it is the double standard of the usual Democrat suspects. Do as I say, not as I do, far from the golden rule. The public schools are great as the Democratic leadership send their kids to private schools, we can go on. Legal immigration is the foundation of this country, unregulated 'invasion by immigration' is not the way to do it, ask the Native Americans how that unregulated immigration and initial policy of appeasement, here have this, then this, then this, we will resist, opps to late, off to the Rez, worked out for them.

Pretty sure those new immigrant enclave communities share in that golden rule, rational thought there Jim, rational thought.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Jim O'Leary said...

Rational thinking would first address the cost of rounding up and deporting 13 million undocumented people, and also cost of building and maintaining a wall that can be tunneled under and climbed over by using ladders.

12:48 AM  

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