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By Patriot-News Editorial Board
on November 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM, updated November 15, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Seven score and ten years ago, the forefathers of this media institution brought forth to its audience a judgment so flawed, so tainted by hubris, so lacking in the perspective history would bring, that it cannot remain unaddressed in our archives.

We write today in reconsideration of “The Gettysburg Address,” delivered by then-President Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the greatest conflict seen on American soil. Our predecessors, perhaps under the influence of partisanship, or of strong drink, as was common in the profession at the time, called President Lincoln’s words “silly remarks,” deserving “a veil of oblivion,” apparently believing it an indifferent and altogether ordinary message, unremarkable in eloquence and uninspiring in its brevity.

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150/150 hindsight makes it a lot easier for democratic newspaper to see things better.  However, it shows democrats have changed little over the last 150 years.  In 1863 they panned the arguably greatest American speech ever in an effort to make a republican look bad.  When it becomes apparent their scheme to alter political opinion has failed, they simply apologize.  By the way, the Chicago papers, just as expectedly blasted the speech :nono:
« Last Edit: November 16, 2013, 08:52:58 AM by rangerrebew »
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