Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Gala Celebration for re-opening of Ford's Theater

At a gala re-opening ceremony at Ford's Theater last night, Violinist Joshua Bell played a traditional spiritual on a violin that hasn't been heard since the night Lincoln was shot in 1865; former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush took turns reading segments of the Gettysburg Address (via video,) and actors Audra McDonald, James Earl Jones, Richard Thomas, Ben Vereen, Jeffrey Wright, opera singer Jessye Norman and journalist Katie Couric all offered tributes to President Abraham Lincoln.

Oh -- and President Obama, who was in attendance, made a few appropriate remarks of his own.

"For despite all that divided us — North and South, black and white — he had an unyielding belief that we were, at heart, one nation, and one people," Obama said. "And because of Abraham Lincoln, and all who've carried on his work in the generations since, that is what we remain today."

I'm hoping that a video will be available at some point, because I'd love to see this!

I visited Ford's Theater years ago, during my very first visit to Washington, D.C. My recollections are that I was pretty much alone inside (or accompanied by only a handful of other visitors,) and that the inside of the theater was dark and rather ominous. I remember looking up at the presidential box where President Lincoln was assassinated so many years ago, and feeling a slight chill. After years of reading about that night (I read Carl Sandburg's Lincoln biography when I was around ten,) it was amazing to be standing right below the presidential box and to be able to see with my own eyes the location where it all happened: where the president was shot, and where John Wilkes Booth had leaped down to the stage.

Ford's Theater has been undergoing much-needed renovations and will reopen to the public today for Lincoln Bicentennial celebrations that will continue for the remainder of this week.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And because of Abraham Lincoln, … that is what we remain today." (BO)
I say to you – fake "honest blogger" you are, B-S-, stop fooling us, … like your great Abe said - "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." –
BECAUSE you know HE SAID :
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. -

BUT .... to point out your so-claimed honest posting! -- you missed the two last sentences that make it most clear and right ----- "Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit."

Any portion of people, on as much territory as they inhabit – the South was right and it will rise again!

And no, I am not Southerner by birth or by choice, I am a human being with brains that I put to work daily. This comes from a person who lived for 24 years in a country where government is the provider of all wealth and THE DECIDER of all your actions, and thoughts -- spell it out after me --- USSR.
Now, I dare you to post this without censorship... If you are not yet taken over by "oversight and revision" of your own.

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Blogger Maire said...

Voila - your comment, 'Anonymous.' Uncut, uncensored.

And yes I am a real, actual blogger, not a fake -- whether you happen to agree with me or not.

I do find your comment somewhat unclear and confusing. Are you attacking Mr. Lincoln? President Obama's comments at Ford Theater? The fact that I don't include entire documents along the border of this blog, but instead choose to use quotes?

And are you really a secessionist? I've never met a modern day secessionist.

"The South will rise again?" I had no idea the South was any further 'down' than the rest of us -- well other than Gulf Coast (and if you stick around and do a little more reading here, you'll see that I'm a huge supporter of FINALLY rebuilding NOLA four years after Katrina. Louisiana IS in the South -- right?)

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