Monday, March 24, 2008

FOR THE FOUR THOUSAND...

Walt Whitman's supernal elegy to Abraham Lincoln is fitting now at a time when America seems ready to go to war with itself...again. I salute my fellow Americans, whose noble and dutiful blood purples the Two Rivers yet waters the flower of hope for liberty and peace throughout the world. No end but victory for our greatest principle: "One Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all." I offer with especial love to the fallen who will always be a part of this separate Archipelago, this first Iraq!

When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd


The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln

4 comments:

blackshama said...

DJB

Your imperial Republic has never learned from history.

Fortunately unlike the electorate of Gloria's realm, your electorate does justice to Honest Abe.

DJB Rizalist said...

blackshama,
i guess, it would not be right that these who are freshly fallen, should be lost in the same limbo that the Vietnam veterans did. They are in greater peril of that as America recoils from the horrors of war, which it always has of course deep inside, but keeps us a brave face for the world. It's learned though I think, to cry a little too...maybe that is progress...

Richard said...

"Your imperial Republic has never learned from history."

Yes, we've never quite learned to do nothing in the face of great wrong. Sadly, though, we are learning. No good deed goes unpunished as they say and I think America my be learning that sad lesson. I'm sorry to see it.

Richard said...

Dean,
Very excellent post. Thank you. This may put things into perspective a little I think too.

http://www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com/videos/view/id/706270