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Thursday, July 14, 2005

O Captain My Captain


Of all those who fought for justice and equality over the centuries, of all those who were martyred for their troubles, Abraham Lincoln is the one who is my personal hero. A homely man, a man not much loved by the people until after his death, he saw the United States through its bloodiest conflict. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves - not because he had to, but because itwas the just thing to do. And at the end of the Civil War he was murdered for it, his assassin proclaiming him a tyrant.

I love Gandhi, I love Martin Luther King. I love Nelson Mandela. but I revere Abraham Lincoln because he was not fighting against injustices done to his race, but rather by his race.

"Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature -- opposition to it in his love of justice."

The word 'slavery' could easily be swapped for 'racism' or 'prejudice' to make it relevant to the isues we are confronted with today.

I wish Honest Abe was with us today. In the face of global terrorism and suicide bombers deliberately targeting children and escalating racism and nationalism and religious fundamentalism, we could use such a man to guide America (and by extension, much of the world) through the dangerous waters we find ourselves in. Not just politically or militarily, but morally.

Instead, we have George Bush.


3 comments:

Jeanne said...

George bush talks with the sun in his eyes, speaks with an annoying smirk on his face. For some satirical "emotions" (or lack of) of bush, check out chortler.com

Zania said...

u know, u really cant blame the dude who shot Abe for saying he's a tyrant: To his pt of view, he is. He made the dude lost everything he has back home b'cos his land heavily depended on slaves to survive. Taking ALL that abruptly away seems very robby & tyranical to him & his South folks. But then, to do Great things, u always have to do what's neccessary isn't it?

Oh, btw, this war really is a capitalism-vs-agriculturism war. Abe simply free the slaves to encourage the blacks to help the capitalist win the final battles. The Slavery issue is just an excuse to eliminate the Southerners.
So much for fighting against the wave. So much for heroism. I'm sorry but I think u'll hv to find another true hero...

Anonymous said...

For a single mistake of the American voters the world has to suffer Bush.