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Gettysburg and the speech that forever changed our nation

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"The Gettysburg speech

was at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American

history...the highest emotion reduced to a few poetical phrases. Lincoln

himself never even remotely approached it. It is genuinely stupendous.

But let us not forget that it is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense.

Think of the argument in it. Put it into the cold words of everyday. The

doctrine is simply this: that the Union

soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of

self-determination – that government of the people, by the people, for

the people, should not perish from the earth. It is difficult to imagine

anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought

against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the

right of their people to govern themselves." - H. L. Mencken


Mencken, politically incorrect - always.

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