Archive for April, 2016

Rioting in California Again

April 30, 2016

Same song, second verse

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☆☆Illegal Aliens are proving Donald Trump is right by stopping traffic, smashing police cars, punching innocent people, and destroying property while waving the Mexican flag.

California was once the shining state on the Pacific but law abiding citizens have been fleeing for years. Either the police cannot protect their own police cars or politicians have ordered them to stand down.

Are Americans safer in Syria than in California? Are legal California residents ready to take back their state?

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Riots didn’t start today; California has a long history of lawlessness, rioting and property destruction.

The Watts riots took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from August 11 to 17, 1965. An African-American motorist was arrested for drunk driving. A minor roadside argument broke out, and then escalated into a fight. The community reacted in outrage. Six days of widespread rioting, looting, assault, arson, protests, firefights, property damage and murder followed. There were 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries and 3,438 arrests. Property damage was in the tens of millions of dollars.

Los Angeles police needed the support of nearly 4,000 members of the California Army National Guard to quell the riots that ended up being blamed principally on unemployment; they always blame something.

The Watts riots actually paved the way for Ronald Reagan who became Governor two years later. Reagan campaigned on a platform of sending “the welfare bums back to work” and strongly advocating the Republican ideal of less government regulation of the economy, including undue federal taxation. Reagan refused to seek a third term but was the last competent Governor of LA LA Land.

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We will soon see if Californians have had enough again. Will they support Trump and his platform or Cruz and his goal of stopping Trump? Will the Golden State remain North Mexico, West Syria or become part of Donald Trump’s New America? Will freedom and free speech return to California or will mob rule prevail? Will Ted Cruz blame the Watts Riots on Donald Trump? Enquiring minds want to know.

A TEACHING MOMENT

April 28, 2016

A Gene McVay TEACHING MOMENT:

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The historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC where Donald Trump delivered his Foreign Policy Speech, is not just another hotel. The skin deep political commentators would not know this nor are they likely to care.

A former fighter pilot and past National Commander of The American Legion, Harry Colmery, set down in his room at the Mayflower Hotel and wrote the original GI Bill on hotel stationary. Harry knew that our troops would soon be returning home to a country brought to its knees by the Great Depression and World War II. With the influence of The American Legion and other Veteran’s organizations, the GI Bill finally came up for a vote in the United States Senate. The vote resulted in a tie. An absent Senator was rushed back to Washington to break the tie. The GI Bill passed by one vote.

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Prior to its passage, detractors feared that helping pay the education expenses of veterans would lead to overcrowding at colleges, which before World War II were accessible predominantly to members of society’s upper class. Critics were concerned that veterans would wreak havoc on educational standards and overburden campuses with their lack of preparation for the rigors of higher learning. Some people like the president of the University of Chicago and the president of Harvard worried that this was going to make institutions of higher learning into “hobo jungles” as they put it. To bring in the riff raff.

Turns out the GI’s had an altogether different effect on the once clubby bastions of college life, 25-year old guys who’d stormed beaches in combat gear had no time for freshman beanies or raccoon coats. They were on a mission. Most Vets worked with grim concentration towards a degree or a job. They were defter and quicker because of wartime skills. They knew how to tackle a job and get it done. One WWII Vet, George Schultz said, “We were there strictly to learn something. And we were demanding. I think it helped to raise the standards all across America. And now we have, without any question, the best system of higher education in the world.”

Historians say the GI Bill fueled a major expansion of the nation’s higher education system and made college a cornerstone of middle-class American life. Marine Captain George Schultz did pretty well with his GI Bill education. He taught at MIT and Chicago and ran a big construction company. George Schultz also served as U.S. Secretary of State under President Reagan.

Approximately 7.8 million World War II veterans received benefits under the original GI Bill, and 2.2 million of those used the program for higher education. By 1947 half of all college students were veterans. Prefabricated buildings and Quonset huts were used as classrooms, and military barracks were often converted into dormitories. I know you are shocked that learning can take place outside of marble buildings!

The GI Bill was not just Landmark Legislation; it has also been called the greatest Legislation of all time. The Veterans who benefited payed America back ten times over.

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Harry Colmery was also a member of the Republican National Policy Committee, Chairman of the Republican Veterans League and Chairman of the Veterans Division of the Republican Presidential campaigns from 1940 through 1956. Congress passed a unanimous resolution calling for Harry Colmery to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously. That has never happened but I think I can tell you Harry didn’t do it for personal recognition.

THE GIANT SUCKING SOUND IS DEAFENING!

April 24, 2016

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My Dear Fellow Americans:

I am begging you to listen to my plea. A quarter of a century ago a Presidential Candidate warned about a GIANT SUCKING SOUND coming from the South. Here is what he said back then:

“We have got to stop sending jobs overseas. It’s pretty simple: If you’re paying $12, $13, $14 an hour for factory workers and you can move your factory South of the border, pay a dollar an hour for labor,…have no health care—that’s the most expensive single element in making a car— have no environmental controls, no pollution controls and no retirement, and you don’t care about anything but making money, there will be a giant sucking sound going south.”

Less than 20 years after this quote, United States Taxpayers bailed out General Motors to the tune of about $50 billion. Today, 70% of the GM cars sold in the US are made outside the US. For those of you with a Common Core or Ivy League education, that means only 3 out of ten cars sold here are made here. More and more manufacturing is moving to Mexico, China, Vietnam, India Japan, and Germany. Even if wages were the same in Mexico, the United States could still not compete because of Obamacare, Taxes and regulations.

The government boot is on the necks of the tiniest businesses to the largest. The corner bakery can’t move to Mexico but Nabisco can and will. Oreo Cookies may soon taste like Sopapillas?

No politician, no newspaper, no radio host and no TV network mentioned how the so called fair trade agreements were sucking us dry until Donald Trump brought the problem to the forefront. Immediately all of the above rejected Trump like your body would reject a transplanted heart from an alligator.  NAFTA is a sucker’s deal much like the Iranian deal.

Some of the politicians are starting to do what politicians do: Promising to do what the leading candidate is promising to do. However, mimicking another candidate should not fool you.

If you think America will survive another 25 years while continuing to be the world’s sugar daddy and spending like there’s no tomorrow, you are simply not paying attention.

That Annapolis Graduate we should have listened to 25 years ago, did get almost 20,000,000 votes in a Presidential election where no candidate got more than 43%. If putting America First and making America Great Again speaks to you, stop dreaming about somebody who can act like a President and start supporting somebody who can be a President the world won’t run over.

With kind regards,
Gene McVay

TIME TO DUMP OLD HICKORY?

April 21, 2016

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★★Andrew Jackson was eight years old when the British marched to Lexington and Concord. “On the 18th of April in 75, hardly a man is now alive” as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow put it. Young Jackson acted as a courier for Washington’s Continental Army and was captured and mistreated by his British captors; he was just 13.

He later became a lawyer and was elected, first, to the U.S. House of Representatives and then to the U.S. Senate. In 1801 Jackson was appointed Colonel in the Tennessee militia, which became his political as well as military base. He owned hundreds of slaves who worked on the Hermitage plantation, which he acquired in 1804. In 1806 he killed a man in a duel over a matter of honor regarding his wife Rachel. He gained national fame through his role in the War of 1812, most famously where he won a decisive victory over the main British invasion army at the Battle of New Orleans.

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Jackson’s service in the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom was conspicuous for bravery and success. When British forces threatened New Orleans, Jackson took command of the defenses, including militia from several western states and territories. He was a strict officer but was popular with his troops. They said he was “tough as old hickory” wood on the battlefield, and he acquired the nickname of “Old Hickory”. In the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815, Jackson’s 5,000 soldiers won a decisive victory over 7,500 British. At the end of the battle, the British had 2,037 casualties: 291 dead (including three senior generals), 1,262 wounded, and 484 captured or missing. The Americans had 71 casualties: 13 dead, 39 wounded, and 19 missing.

After winning election to the Senate, Jackson decided to run for president in 1824. He narrowly lost to John Quincy Adams, supposedly by a “corrupt bargain” between Adams and Speaker of the House Henry Clay, who was also a candidate. Jackson’s supporters then founded what became the Democratic Party. He ran again in 1828 against Adams. Building on his base in the West and with new support from Virginia and New York, he won by a landslide. He blamed the death of his wife, Rachel, which occurred just after the election, on the Adams campaigners who called her a “bigamist”. That was back when candidates acted presidential.

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As president, Jackson faced a threat of secession from South Carolina over the “Tariff of Abominations” which Congress had enacted under Adams. In contrast to several of his immediate successors, he denied the right of a state to secede from the union or to nullify federal law. In anticipation of the 1832 election, Congress, led by Clay, attempted to reauthorize the Second Bank of the United States four years before the expiration of its charter. In keeping with his platform of economic decentralization, Jackson vetoed the renewal of its charter, thereby seemingly putting his chances for reelection in jeopardy. However, by portraying himself as the defender of the common person against wealthy bankers, he was able to defeat Clay in the election that year. He thoroughly dismantled the bank by the time its charter expired in 1836. These days not many candidates have the guts to take on big banks like Goldman Sacs when they receive funding from them. Jackson is also known for having signed the Indian Removal Act, which relocated a number of native tribes in the South to Indian Territory.

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Oddly enough, the Democrats seem to dislike the founder of the Democratic Party enough to kick him off the $20 bill. The touchy-feely bleeding heart Democratic Party of today would not be recognizable to Old Hickory Jackson or Give em Hell Harry Truman. In the interest of equal time, the back biting Republican Party of today would not be recognizable to Old Abe Lincoln or Ronnie Reagan. Lincoln and Reagan couldn’t win 1,237 Delegates today; they would have dropped out before Lindsey Graham and Jeb Bush.

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If we can stall the decision on President Jackson until Ted Cruz is inaugurated, maybe Carly Fiorina will grace the $20 bill?

DO YOU SEE THE RECOVERY?

April 20, 2016

 

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★★Do you believe all the talk about the so-called “recovery” and that reaching “escape velocity is imminent?” We have heard the word ‘recovery’ for seven years and we have yet to reach the expansion phase. They keep talking about “escape velocity,” and we have never gotten there in seven years. The Fed raised interest rates just before Christmas. This is the first time the Fed ever raised rates right before Christmas, and they did so into a weak economy where credit is already tight. The only previous time they did that was back in 1937 that led to the recession of 1937-1938.

The market tumble we already saw this year could be just a warning. Several noted economists and distinguished investors are warning of a stock market crash.

Billionaire Carl Icahn, for example, recently raised a red flag on a national broadcast when he declared, “The public is walking into a trap again as they did in 2007.”

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And the prophetic economist Andrew Smithers warns, “U.S. stocks are now about 80% overvalued.”

Smithers backs up his prediction using a ratio which proves that the only time in history stocks were this risky was 1929 and 1999. And we all know what happened next. Stocks fell by 89% and 50%, respectively.

Even the Royal Bank of Scotland says the markets are flashing stress alerts akin to the 2008 crisis. They told their clients to “Sell Everything” because “in a crowded hall, the exit doors are small.”

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If we do see closure of the system it could be like a hurricane when Walmart shelves will be cleared out in a couple of days. This is not going to be something that will last a few days and be done and gone. . . This is going to take a fair amount of time to clean up. . . . If you live in the cities, well, good luck. It’s going to be complete mayhem. The background behind it is too much debt in a fraudulent system that’s poised to collapse. I think the people have become complacent because the stock market seems to be so strong. Remember, our government has been printing money as though it was growing on trees and loaning money to Wall Street almost interest free. Still, there are so many banks that the big fear in Washington is that they all could collapse. You know that banks now charge fees for everything and most have stopped giving you interest on your money in checking accounts. You get almost nothing for your money in CDs and savings accounts. Who do you think the politicians work for, you or big banks?

The big boys have even figured out a way to keep gold prices down. Maybe I can simplify it, if someone counterfeited a billion shares of Apple stock and sold it into the market, do you think the stock would go down? That is exactly what they have done with gold — counterfeited gold with paper. The paper gold traded on the stock market is just that, paper.

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The bond market is full of debt that will never be paid back. It’s one of the biggest frauds of all. Somewhere in the mid to late 1990’s was the point of no return. We didn’t really have any hope of paying it back. In 2008, it was ridiculous, and at this point, it is beyond ridiculous. They can’t pay back the $19 trillion much less the $205 trillion, which is what the real number is when you include Social Security, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Medicare, loan guarantees, pensions and other unfunded obligations.

If you are worried about being offended by something some politician says, maybe you should do some research on your own? You won’t have to look far to find something that will cause you to have nightmares!

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I’m not an expert; I’m just an old retired fighter pilot continuing to fight for my country. I do pay attention and I hope you do too.

LOOKING BACK AT LINCOLN’S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS

April 11, 2016

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I watched a video of a man on a college campus asking college students who won the Civil War. None of the students could answer the question. Maybe I am more aware of our history since my great-great-grandfather fought to preserve the union and was a POW at Andersonville Prison almost the entire 14 months it was in operation. Joseph P. McVay lived in Arkansas before Baxter County, where I was born, existed. I hope you will share this story with your children and grand children.

President Lincoln named General George Meade Commander of the Army of the Potomac on June 28, 1863. Within a week, Union forces under General Meade defeated Confederate General Lee’s forces at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The following day Lee’s troops left Gettysburg without being pursued by the Union army, much to Lincoln’s consternation, who believed that further military engagement might have ended the war then and there. Lincoln had great grief over Meade’s lost opportunity and wrote a letter of reproach to General Meade but did not send it. Lincoln then wrote to General Howard, describing how he was “deeply mortified” about Lee’s escape after the battle.

The governor of Pennsylvania quickly assigned local attorney David Wills to create a national soldiers’ cemetery on the battlefield. Edward Everett, a nationally known orator, was invited as the main speaker at the Gettysburg cemetery dedication, scheduled for October 23. After he requested more time to prepare, the event was moved to November 19. On November 2nd, David Wills, invited President Lincoln to give a “few appropriate remarks.” Knowing that the town would be crowded, Wills offered Lincoln overnight accommodations in his home.

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On November 18th Lincoln and invited guests traveled to Gettysburg by rail, arriving about dusk. Lincoln stayed in the Wills home, where he completed his short Address. Huge crowds converged on the village, filling every available space.

The battle had shattered the once-peaceful town of Gettysburg, a battle so intense that it produced more than 51,000 casualties. This landmark Civil War struggle left an indelible mark on the region and the president who came to memorialize it. In the days that followed local residents were thrust into unfamiliar roles of tending the wounded, burying the dead, and repairing the war-torn countryside.

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This was the occasion which produced Lincoln’s most famous speech. Although Lincoln routinely held the attention of his audiences for up to two hours as a candidate for President, the Gettysburg Address can easily be read in under two minutes. With the applause from the crowd, it would have taken Lincoln a little longer than two minutes.

The following is The New York Times account published on November 20, 1863:

“THE HEROES OF JULY.;
A Solemn and Imposing Event.
Dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburgh.
IMMENSE NUMBERS OF VISITORS.
Oration by Hon. Edward Everett–Speeches of President Lincoln, Mr. Seward and Governor Seymour.

THE PROGRAMME SUCCESSFULLY CARRIED OUT.

The ceremonies attending the dedication of the National Cemetery commenced this morning by a grand military and civic display, under command of Maj.-Gen. COUCH. The line of march was taken up at 10 o’clock, and the procession marched through the principal streets to the Cemetery, where the military formed in line and saluted the President. At 11 the head of the procession arrived at the main stand. The President and members of the Cabinet, together with the chief military and civic dignitaries, took position on the stand. The President seated himself between Mr. SEWARD and Mr. EVERETT after a reception marked with the respect and perfect silence due to the solemnity of the occasion, every man in the immense gathering uncovering on his appearance.

The military were formed in line extending around the stand, the area between the stand and military being occupied by civilians, comprising about 15,000 people and including men, women and children. The attendance of ladies was quite large. The military escort comprised one squadron of cavalry, two batteries of artillery and a regiment of infantry, which constitutes the regular funeral escort of honor for the highest officer in the service.

After the performance of a funeral dirge, by BIRGFIELD, by the band, an eloquent prayer was delivered by Rev. Mr. STOCKTON, as follows:

O God, our Father, for the sake of the Son, our Saviour, inspire us with thy spirit, and sanctity us to the right fulfillment of the duties of this occasion. We come to dedicate this new historic centre as a National Cemetery. If all the Departments of the one Government thou hast ordained over our Union, and of the many Governments which Thou has subordinated to the Union be there represented; if all classes, relations and interests of our blended brotherhood of people stand severally and thoroughly apparent in Thy presence, we trust it is because Thou hast called us, that Thy blessing awaits us, and that Thy designs may be embodied in practical results of incalculable, imperishable good. And so with thy holy Apostle and with the Church in all lands and ages, we unite in the ascription: Blessed be God, even the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Moses, and the God of all comfort, who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. In emulation of all angels, in fellowship with all saints, and in sympathy with all sufferers, in a remembrance of Thy works, in reverence of Thy ways, and in accordance with Thy word, we love and magnify Thy infinite perfections, Thy creative glory. Thy redeeming grace, Thy providential goodness, and the progressive, richer and fairer development of thy supreme, universal and everlasting administration. In behalf of all humanity, whose ideal is divine, whose first memory is thy image lost, whose last hope is thy image restored; especially in behalf of our own nation, whose position is so peerless, whose mission is so sublime, and whose future is so attractive; we thank Thee for the unspeakable patience of thy compassion and for the exceeding greatness of thy loving kindness. In contemplation of Eden, Calvary and Heaven, of Christ in the God on the cross, and on the throne — nay, more — of Christ as coming again in all-subduing power and glory; we gratefully prolong our homage by this altar of sacrifice, on this field of deliverance, on this mount of salvation, within the fiery and bloody line of these mountains and rocks, looking back to the dark days of fear and of trembling, and the rapture of relief that came after, we multiply our thanksgivings and confess our obligations to renew and perfect our personal and social consecration to thy service and glory. O, had it not been for God! for our enemies, they came unresisted, multitudinous, mighty, flushed with victory and sure of success; they exalted on our mountains; they reveled in our valleys they feasted, they rested, they slept, they awakened, they grew stronger, prouder and bolder every day; they spread abroad, they concentrated here; they looked beyond this horizon to the stores of wealth, to the haunts of pleasure and the seats of power in our Capital and chief cities; they prepared to cast the chain of Slavery around the form of freedom, and to bind life and death together forever. Their premature triumph was the mockery of God and man. One more victory, and all was theirs. But behind these hills was heard the feebler march of a smaller but still a pursuing host; onward they hurried, day and night, for their country and their God; footsore, wayworn, hungry, thirsty, faint, but not in heart; they came to dare all, to bear all, and to do all that is possible to heroes. At first they met the blast on the plain, and bent bebefore it like trees; but then led by Thy hand to the hills, they took their stand on the these rocks, and remained as firm and immovable as they. In vain were they assaulted; all art, all violence, all desperation failed to dislodge them. Baffled, bruised, broken, their enemies retired and disappeared. Glory to God for this rescue! But, Oh! the slain, in the freshness and fullness of their young and manly life! with such sweet memories of father and mother, brother and sister, wife and children, maiden and friend. From the coasts beneath the Eastern star; from the shores of Northerm lakes and rivers; from the flowers of the Western prairies; from the homes of the midway and the border, they came here to die for us and for mankind! Alas How little we can do for them! We come with the humility of prayer, with the pathetic eloquence of venerable wisdom, with the tender beauty of poetry, with the plaintive harmony of music, with the honest tribute of our Chief Magistrate, and with all this honorable attendances; but our best hope is in Thy blessings. O Lord, Our God, bless us. O, Our Father, bless the bereaved, whether absent or present Bless our sick and wounded soldiers and sailors. Bless all our rulers and people. Bless our army and navy. Bless the efforts to suppress this rebellion, and bless all the associations of this day, and place, and scene, forever. As the trees are not dead, though their foliage is gone, so our heroes are not dead though their forms have fallen. In their proper personality they are all with thee, and the spirit of their example is here. It fills the air, it fills our hearts, and as long as time shall last it will hover in these skies and rest on these landscapes, and pilgrims of our own land, and of all lands, will thrill with its inspiration, and increase and confirm their devotion to liberty, religion and God.

Mr. EVERETT then commenced the delivery of his oration, which was listened to with marked attention throughout.

Although a heavy fog clouded the heavens in the morning during the procession, the sun broke out in all its brilliancy during the Rev. Mr. STOCKTON’s prayer and shone upon the magnificent spectacle. The assemblage was of great magnitude, and was gathered within a circle of great extent around the stand, which was located on the highest point of ground on which the battle was fought. A long line of military surrounded the position taken by the immense multitude of people.

The Marshal took up a position on the left of the stand. Numerous flags and banners, suitably draped, were exhibited on the stand among the audience. The entire scene was one of grandeur due to the importance of the occasion. So quiet were the people that every word uttered by the orator of the day must have been heard by them all, notwithstanding the immensity of the concours.

Among the distinguished persons on the platform were the following: Governors Bradford, of Maryland; Curtin, of Pennsylvania; Morton, of Indiana; Seymour of New-York; Parker, of New-Jersey and Tod, of Ohio; Ex-Gov. Dennison, of Ohio: John Brough, Governor Elect, of Ohio; Charles Anderson, Lieutenant-Governor of Ohio; Major-Generals Schenck, Stahel, Doubleday, and Couch; Brigadier General Gibbon; and Provost-Marshal-General Fry.

PRESIDENT LINCOLN’s ADDRESS.

The President then delivered the following dedicatory speech:

Fourscore and seven years ago our Fathers brought forth upon this Continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. [Applause.] Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We are met to dedicate a portion of it as the final resting-place of 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 cannot dedicate. We cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it far above our power to add or detract. [Applause.] The world will little note nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. [Applause.] It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the refinished work that they have thus so far nobly carried on. [Applause.] 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 here gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain; [applause] that the Nation shall under God have a new birth of freedom, and that Governments of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth, [Long continued applause.]

Three cheers were then given for the President and the Governors of the States.

After the delivery of the addresses, the dirge and the benediction closed the exercises, and the immense assemblage separated at about 4 o’clock……………

The President and party returned to Washington at 6 o’clock this evening, followed by the Governors’ trains. Thousands of persons were gathered at the depot, anxiously awaiting transportation to their homes; but they will probably be confined to the meagre accommodations of Gettysburgh till tomorrow.”

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The following day Edward Everett wrote a letter to Lincoln complementing him on his address. Lincoln responded with a short note.

Media response to the dedication was mixed:

“The dedicatory remarks by President Lincoln will live among the
annals of the war.” ~Chicago Tribune

“The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he
reads the silly flat and dishwattery remarks of the man who
has to be pointed out as the President of the United States. … Is
Mr. Lincoln less refined than a savage? … It was a perversion of
history so flagrant that the most extended charity cannot view it
as otherwise than willful.” ~Chicago Times

“The ceremony was rendered ludicrous by some of the sallies of
that poor President Lincoln. Anything more dull and
commonplace it would not be easy to produce.” ~the London Times

“We know not where to look for a more admirable speech than
the brief one which the President made…. It if often said that
the hardest thing in the world is to make a five minute speech.
But could the most elaborate and splendid oration be more
beautiful, more touching, more inspiring than those few words of
the President?” ~Providence Daily Journal

“… we pass over the silly remarks of the President: for the credit of the nation we are
willing that the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them and that they shall no more be repeated or thought of.” ~Harrisburg Patriot and Union

Eyewitnesses also had comments:

“Not a sovereign in Europe, however trained from the cradle for state pomps, and however prompted by statesmen and courtiers, could have uttered himself more regally than did Lincoln at Gettysburg.”

“I was thrilled each time and at Gettysburg possibly more by his presence than by anything he said.”

“He stood in the gravity of his mien and manner as a seer with a message, as a prophet with a vision.”

“The deep feeling of the speaker, combined with masterful self control and firmly set purpose, made a profound impression.”

“On coming away I said to a classmate, ‘Well, Mr. Lincoln’s speech was simple, appropriate, and right to the point, but I don’t think there was anything remarkable about it.’ ”

“I at once asked my fellow student, who was from the South, what he thought of it? ‘Mighty good, for Old Abe,’ he replied.”

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If you made it this far, thank you for learning this important history and may God bless you.

Trump: AMERICA HEADING FOR MASSIVE RECESSION

April 5, 2016

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★★Why would Donald Trump say America is heading for a massive recession? The politicians certainly won’t tell you such a thing and neither will the smiley talking heads at CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS & Fox News!

 
We are in big trouble even if we ignore our massive National Debt and Unfunded Obligations that come to over $225 trillion or about a million dollars for every adult in America.

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A record 94,610,000 workers are not in the American labor force and the labor force participation rate is at its lowest point in 38 years! Just 62 percent of the U.S. population has a job or is actively seeking one. Of the 245 million documented adults in the US, 123 million don’t have full time jobs. Of the Americans who have jobs, many are underemployed as our good jobs seem to prefer the climate in Mexico, Vietnam, China and Sweden. The Democrats have a solution for our climate ~ MORE TAXES!

 
Our total government spending exceeds $6 trillion which is more than our gross domestic product. In other words, our politicians continue to spend more than we earn. Just government spending on welfare exceeds a trillion bucks as bleeding hearts insist on paying able bodied freeloaders not to work. LBJ and the Democrats declared war on poverty almost 50 years ago and pounded trillions down the rat hole. How’d that work out?

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We are blowing over a trillion bucks on education while our children pile up student loans and learn very little. When I attended school a long time ago, America was number one in the world, now we are 30th and dropping. Education should not be about money, it should be about learning! Just like most of our Defense spending has NOTHING to do with defense, most education spending is pure fluff! I submit, students don’t learn better in marble buildings than they do in metal buildings.

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During this period of government bailouts and wild money printing, the Trickle Down Economy should be in its glory days but 63% of Americans say that if they had a $500 unexpected expense, they would have to sell something or borrow money to pay it. The median family income has dropped about $5,000 in recent years. Our government punishes our legitimate businesses with the world’s highest taxes, the world’s most burdensome regulations and forced expenses like the world’s highest minimum wage, forced training and forced unionization. The result is as predictable as the sunrise. companies either go bankrupt or move overseas. On top of all this, our government has opened the flood gates to the world’s poor, uneducated, unhealthy huddled masses yearning to jump on the welfare gravy train. It’s called Immigration Reform.

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Don’t worry; all the politicians have been promising to help the middle class for several years!

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Maybe the Stock Market will never crash AGAIN and the House of Cards will stand forever? Maybe ISIS and Iran won’t knock out our power grid or our crumbling infrastructure?

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Maybe Donald Trump is wrong but you know in your heart he’s right.