Most inaugural addresses are soon for...

Most inaugural addresses are soon forgotten, but these presidents’ words live on

There are 24 comments on the www.washingtonpost.com story from Jan 17, 2013, titled Most inaugural addresses are soon forgotten, but these presidents’ words live on. In it, www.washingtonpost.com reports that:

A sampling of inaugural addresses remembered for speaking eloquently to their historical moment:

George Washington, who began the tradition of the inaugural address in 1789:

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered, perhaps, as deeply, as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”

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“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#1 Jan 17, 2013
Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln

Fellow-Countrymen:
At this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.

On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war--seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.

One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

“Open your eyes”

Since: Sep 09

Central Florida

#2 Jan 17, 2013
Here is some food for thought. Every president talks about Liberty. However, every President attempts (and some succeed) in taking essential liberty from the people.

Prime example of that is John Adams. A proponent of liberty, however, once took office gave the Alien and Sedition Act. Which attacked free speech of those American citizens that happened to be of French descendants.

Or how about George Bush who talked of Liberty and Freedom but all the while shoving warrantless wiretapping and the Patriot Act upon the people.

Or Obama, who pushed upon the people the National Defense and Authorization act that allows the President to imprison the American populace based only on a "suspicion" of terrorism.

James Madison once said, "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."

Now look where we are today? The people are willing to give up their freedom and liberty to government so a man in a cave 10k miles away does not "possibly" kill them. Even though those same people who are afraid have a higher odds of dying in a car accident on their way home, or, being struck by lightning twice than falling at the hands of a terrorist.

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#3 Jan 17, 2013
Kahoki wrote:
Here is some food for thought. Every president talks about Liberty. However, every President attempts (and some succeed) in taking essential liberty from the people.
Prime example of that is John Adams. A proponent of liberty, however, once took office gave the Alien and Sedition Act. Which attacked free speech of those American citizens that happened to be of French descendants.
Or how about George Bush who talked of Liberty and Freedom but all the while shoving warrantless wiretapping and the Patriot Act upon the people.
Or Obama, who pushed upon the people the National Defense and Authorization act that allows the President to imprison the American populace based only on a "suspicion" of terrorism.
James Madison once said, "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
Now look where we are today? The people are willing to give up their freedom and liberty to government so a man in a cave 10k miles away does not "possibly" kill them. Even though those same people who are afraid have a higher odds of dying in a car accident on their way home, or, being struck by lightning twice than falling at the hands of a terrorist.
My crystal ball says your president is Andrew Jackson.

“Open your eyes”

Since: Sep 09

Central Florida

#4 Jan 17, 2013
Mr_Bill wrote:
<quoted text>
My crystal ball says your president is Andrew Jackson.
In regards to the 2nd Bank of the America's. Absolutely, however, what he did to native Americans. He should rot in hell for those artocities. Where were the rights of native Americans? Trounced on by the Jackson administration.
Halito

Winnemucca, NV

#5 Jan 17, 2013
Is there a Gummy Bears team in Chicago?
Halito

Winnemucca, NV

#6 Jan 17, 2013
Should all gum carriers recieve a background check?
Halito

Winnemucca, NV

#7 Jan 17, 2013
What's a circuit rider? From Non-profit to non-profit? Church to Church? Power company to power company?
Halito

Winnemucca, NV

#8 Jan 17, 2013
Did George marry an Indian?
Halito

Winnemucca, NV

#9 Jan 17, 2013
Did he like her big log house?
Halito

Winnemucca, NV

#10 Jan 17, 2013
Or her Timber resources?
Halito

Winnemucca, NV

#11 Jan 17, 2013
Now Gods eyes run to and fro surveying the land.....
Halito

Winnemucca, NV

#12 Jan 17, 2013
Now the Native Americans need clean water....cool clear water...says Salazar
Halito

Winnemucca, NV

#13 Jan 17, 2013
Or bottled water In Saudi Arabia for more gum Arabic...
Halito

Winnemucca, NV

#14 Jan 17, 2013
The patriot Chiefs were the Scottish chiefs? Did and Chiefs marry Native Americans?
Halito

Winnemucca, NV

#15 Jan 17, 2013
Any....
Halito

Winnemucca, NV

#16 Jan 17, 2013
The tyranical Native Americans are not taxed....why?

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#19 Jan 17, 2013
Halito wrote:
Or bottled water In Saudi Arabia for more gum Arabic...
WHOOOO

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#18 Jan 17, 2013
Kahoki wrote:
<quoted text>
In regards to the 2nd Bank of the America's. Absolutely, however, what he did to native Americans. He should rot in hell for those artocities. Where were the rights of native Americans? Trounced on by the Jackson administration.
Can't have everything.

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#20 Jan 17, 2013
Halito wrote:
The tyranical Native Americans are not taxed....why?
They have a corner on cigarettes.
And they are untyranical.
dooors

Nha Trang, Vietnam

#21 Jan 17, 2013
Mr_Bill wrote:
Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln
Fellow-Countrymen:
At this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.
On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war--seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.
One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
Dr. Bill_phd! what"s making you working so hard2day?!! don't abuse yo fingers OK!! ;-0000

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