Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Morning TV

CNN Journalist to New Orleans child: “If you were President, what would you do?”

New Orleans child: “I would be very happy, and jump around.”

In other news, here is part of our latest national Benediction:

"Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right."

And one last one from this morning’s TV: Lincoln says:

“With malice towards none, with charity towards all.”

And just because I have been directed to embrace what is right, and saw a National Geographic special on Lincoln last night that misrepresented his worldview, here is some Lincoln from the Lincoln Douglas debates:

“But then I apprehend that in no society that ever did exist, or ever shall be formed, was or can the equality asserted among the members of the human race be practically enforced and carried out. There are portions, large portions, -- women, minors, Insane, culprits, transient sojourners, -- that will always probably remain subject to the government of another portion of the community.”

“Judge Douglas took his ground that negroes were not included in the Declaration of Independence. I think the authors of that notable instrument intended to include all men, but they did not intend to declare all men equal in all respects. They did not mean to say that all men were equal in color, size, intellect, moral development, or social capacity.”

“Out of this, Judge Douglas builds up his beautiful fabrication -- of my purpose to introduce a perfect social and political equality between the white and the black races. His assertion that I made an "especial objection" (that is his exact language) to the decision on this account, is untrue in point of fact.”

Congratulations, but please do not try to change Abraham Lincoln’s message. This offends me. Lincoln took one for the team.

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