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Flashback: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

Tessa6 Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 8:37 AM
Too bad your wish didn't come true. Did you see the video clip while Paul Ryan was entering the inauguration he was booed? The boo started with a DOJ affiliate and spread amongst the crowd. Yeah that's sure is a way to unify people like me that voted for the Romney/Ryan ticket. They don't give a rats (expletive removed) about the other side.

Few Americans would doubt that Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address -- delivered on a cloudy and muddy day in early March 1865 -- is the gold standard insofar as second inaugural addresses are concerned. It is, indeed, the one speech re-elected presidents should strive to emulate -- especially those facing difficult and divisive times.

Although the United States was still coping with a bloody Civil War in the days before he delivered his famous remarks (even though the conflict was practically over), Lincoln sought reconciliation between both sides by bringing meaning to the unprecedented carnage and bloodshed -- namely,...