The Gettysburg Address at 150 Years


November 19, 1863.

With the exception of the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address has done more than any other document in American history to shape the ideals which define our nation. In fact, it’s the synthesis of the two documents that helped create the American we know today – an America that didn’t exist before Lincoln’s famous speech.  Understanding the importance of Lincoln’s brief address on this – the 150th anniversary – sheds light on our origins as a nation, our national struggles today, and the role of the Gettysburg Address as bridge between the two.

The Gettysburg Address was born in the collapse of the United States.   When the Southern states seceded from the Union in late 1860, they did so citing much of the same rhetoric Jefferson used to justify American independence from England.  The South even went so far as to draft its own Declaration of Independence, copying much of the language from the original. Continue reading

Gettysburg at 150

confederate-prisonersJuly 1, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a 3 day battle of the American Civil War which has rightly been called on the most important battles in not just American but also World history.  On such an occasional, I think it appropriate to offer my thoughts on some interesting facts about the battle as well as its continued significance.

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White House Responds to Secession Petitions

Here is the White House’s response to the secession petitions. I suppose the great state of Louisiana will be with us for a while longer.


Petition Response: Our States Remain UnitedBy Jon Carson, Director of the Office of Public Engagement

Thank you for using the White House’s online petitions platform to participate in your government.

In a nation of 300 million people — each with their own set of deeply-held beliefs — democracy can be noisy and controversial. And that’s a good thing. Free and open debate is what makes this country work, and many people around the world risk their lives every day for the liberties we often take for granted. Continue reading