Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Something to Know - 1 March

Day 6.  Earlier in the day, the president of Ukraine delivered an impassioned speech from his hidden and sparse location in Kiyv.   He was given a standing ovation by the European Parliament (the NATO governing body).  You may go online, or read the substance of the speech.   If NATO were to have Ukraine in its membership. it would indeed bust all protocols and bureaucratic obstacles, but feelings that Europe has seen this happen before, may call for swift action.   The column of military combat vehicles and weapons is slowly grinding its way to the heart of Kiyv as the world watches.  Crimes against humanity are being committed by Russian forces against innocent Ukrainians. President Biden will give his State of the Nation address this evening.  Wherever and whatever our direction will be, the United States and the rest of the world will be faced with economic consequences that will change our way of life and put the dreams of all on hold, which is the upside.   The downside is very dark.   After you have read HCR, you should look at the link that has the impassioned speech by Ukraine President Zelensky, and view it in comparison to one given by President Lincoln.

February 28, 2022

Heather Cox RichardsonMar 1CommentShare

[Photo of The Angle by Buddy Poland.]

It's a picture night, folks. The news is a firehose, but too many late nights mean I simply must get some sleep.

The spot in this photo, the Angle, was the high-water mark of the Confederacy. It was here, on a battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1863, that United States soldiers stopped the Confederate soldiers of Pickett's Charge, turning back the men who were fighting to establish a nation based on the proposition that men were created unequal and that some men should rule the rest.

Although the war would continue for well over another year, that moment broke the back of the Confederacy.

Four months later, on November 19, as the war was dragging on and Americans seemed ready to give up, President Abraham Lincoln reminded them why they were fighting. In a speech at the dedication of a national cemetery at Gettysburg, where more than 3000 U.S. soldiers were killed, he recalled the inspirational idea at the heart of the United States. "Four scores and seven years ago," he said, "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," Lincoln said. "The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here" had "nobly advanced" the unfinished work of defending democracy, Lincoln said, but the task was not done. He urged the living to "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."

I happened to be at the Angle on Saturday, February 26, 2022, the third day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. That was the day on which it became clear that Ukrainian resistance to Russian president Vladimir Putin, supported by the cooperation of the U.S. and European allies and partners in strangling Russia's economic system, was forging a global alliance against the authoritarianism that has been growing in power around the world.

It was an odd thing to be walking the Gettysburg battlefield on that day, constantly checking Twitter to follow the news, seeing, perhaps, the modern-day echo of the Angle, as people dedicated to a government of the people, by the people, for the people, begin to repel those who would gather all power to themselves.

[Photo of The Angle by Buddy Poland.]

Insurrectionists and the destruction of the principles of Democracy have no place in the United States of America.

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