He sent out a Tweet that, in true Obamabot tradition, compared "That One's" speech to one of many historic speeches by real US Presidents. This time, Maraniss chose the Gettysburg Address.
People will long remember what Barack Obama said in Newtown...his Gettysburg address...Prof. William Jacobson posted the entire Gettysburg Address at Legal Insurrection for a comparison.
— david maraniss (@davidmaraniss) December 17, 2012
Four score 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 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.Now, can someone tell me the difference between Lincoln's historic address and Obama's Newtown partisan speech? Let me help you out.
1. The Gettysburg Address was not peppered with "I's" and "Me's" like Obama's speeches are.
2. Lincoln spoke of preserving liberty and a new burst of freedom, while Obama wants to take more of our liberty for a little temporary security.
Time to remember a quote from one of our Founding Fathers:
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin FranklinLikewise, as Ronald Reagan also said:
We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.