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    manuel najarro - 1/14/2004

    all about ex3

    Lori Korleski Richardson - 12/13/2003

    Here it is. It's a composite of excerpts from four speeches Lincoln gave.

    The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. (1)

    What constitutes the bulwark of our...liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts... These are not out reliance against...tyranny... Out reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is
    in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. (2)

    At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some trans-Atlantic military giant, to step the ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined,...could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live through all times, or die by suicide. (3)

    Neither let us be slandered from out duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by the menaces of destruction to the Government nor of dungeons to ourselves. Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do
    our duty as we understand it. (4)

    (1) Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland - April 18. 1864
    (2) Speech at Edwardsville, Illinois - September 11, 1858
    (3) Address before the Young Men's Lyceum, Springfield, Illinois - January 27, 1838
    (4) Address at Cooper Institute, New York City, New York - February 27, 1860

    Van L. Hayhow - 11/28/2003

    Many (and I mean many) years ago when I was in Junior High School, my parents took us west to visit old friends of theirs in Arizona and then on to Disneyland for a day. At that time, disneland was selling a recording on vinyl of the speech. You might try them and see if they are still selling it.

    Betty Korleski - 2/20/2003

    No comments but..............does anyone know where I can purchase a tape, cd, or recording of the speeh Lincoln makes in the Lincoln exhibit at Disneyland ?

    Carl Waters - 11/23/2002

    What was G. Bush Sr's job in Nov. 63?

    George Bain - 11/15/2002

    In a recent (11/14) op-ed piece in the Washington Times, the chief international correspondent of UPI, reproduces comments of a senior US State Dept official about Europe and European politics, abouit as follows: WHAT DO HISTORIANS THINK OF THESE VIEWS/ "I think they (Europeans) have been wrong on just about every major international issue for the past 30 years. They told us they could fix the Bosnian mess. Wrong
    They told us that Russia would never accept NATO enlargemenet. Wrong
    They told us that the Russians would never accept National Missile Defense. Wrong
    They told us that if we withdrew from the ABM Treaty of 1973, the whole structure of international arms control agreemenets would come crashing down. Wrong
    They told us that the Kyoto Protocol was worthwhile and not just cosmetics. Wrong
    They told us that the EU's new common security and defense policy would improve the military abilities of NATO allies in Europe. Wrong
    ...these were the people who helped vote us off the Human Rights Commission. These are thepeople who whine about our farm bill when they are the world's prime protectionists."
    ANY COMMENTS? Does this line of thought signal a realignment (gradual) away from the US paying much attention to Europe?
    George Bain

    brandon - 10/31/2002

    what is the difference b/t demo and reb .....libs and cons??????
    I have to write an essay on it in govt class and i have not idea what it is!

    Robert Register - 10/10/2002

    Folks,I'm trying to get some publicity in my hometown for an important anniversary which will occur one week from today.I have had little success so that's why I'm writing this post.October 17,2002,will mark the 200th anniversary of cleared title to the first tract of land in present-day Alabama.This was accomplished by the Treaty of Fort Confederation which was signed near present-day Epes,Alabama on October 17,1802.General James Wilkinson negotiated this treaty with the Choctaw Nation and he spent much of the following year surveying the boundary between the U.S. and the Choctaws.Of course,at the end of 1803,Wilkinson represented the U.S. Army in New Orleans when the French turned over Louisiana. If any of ya'll have an interest in this,let me hear from you.

    lghbob - 10/2/2002

    A Broad Brush Outlook for the U.S. for the Next 10 Years

    A guess about what will be good and bad for our country.

    Good Things

    Our infrastructure is mostly complete compared to developing countries. Important in a recession. Should allow an easier return to growth.

    Productivity is at an all time high. Were it not for the inequalities in the distribution of wealth, the average work week would be about 15 hours.

    The Electronic Revolution. We are about halfway thru the potential gains offered by computers.

    We are on the verge of huge breakthroughs in medicine, genetics, and potentially, energy. Hydrogen Power will emerge within the 10 year period..

    The standard of living in the U.S. is so high, that retrenchment, and cutbacks will not materially harm the average family. Reality sets in with Baby Boomer budgeting and spending.

    National debt increase will be relatively low on a global basis.

    Globalization slows as unions re-emerge.

    Power of Big Business is reduced as political unrest increases. Taxpayer reaction swells as recession deepens, and politicians are forced to become responsive to public needs. Government eventually faces the inequalities in the investment markets and produces legislation to even out the risk for smaller investors.

    Education moving toward benefits of computer based learning.


    Bad Things

    War, extensive deployment of troops for peacekeeping. Overextension of armed service coverage requires pullback and allows new governments to continue instability.

    Japanese economy crashes, and banks default. Ripple effect triggers world wide recession.

    Derivatives and hedge funds require US bank bailouts by Federal Government.

    Galloping inflation as Government prints money. Probable 20% annual inflation.

    Insurance company failures.

    Unemployment over 10%

    DJIA wallows between 5000 and 6000

    Bankruptcies at all time high... Personal and Business

    Shakeout of major industries... Airlines, Financial, Banking, Energy, Telecommunications, Automobile and Leisure Time, and major changes in the service industry.

    Education takes major hit, as college attendance drops. Higher education is restructured and research put on hold. Endowments lose value. Major rollbacks in physical plants and teaching structure.

    Housing "bubble" loses air... higher priced homes values plummet, bank foreclosures rise to over 15%.
    Overbuilding in business sector leaves huge vacancy rate in business parks, retail malls and older downtown
    retailspace as well as metropolitan office space.

    Funding of pensions and financial instruments, trusts, etc., becomes critical for support of pensioneers, foundations, institutions and insurance bodies of all kinds.

    Local and Federal government services reduced. Social services take heaviest hit in medical and safety net services.

    Fixed income retirees harmed by inflation and restricted pension payouts. Inability to recover.

    Environmental concerns take to back burner. Water, land, and natural resources lose support, as private enterprises gain control. Water quality loses ground and water becomes a major costly commodity.

    IMF loses control of world debt. To save major G7 investments, burden of debt falls to emerging countries and instability of 3rd world government leads to civil wars and uprisings. U.S. unable to continue as world policeman and human rights receives 5 -10 year setback.

    Major world problems of hunger, Aids and natural disasters become accepted as inevitable and recieve little or no relief.


    My thoughts only, and of course subject to change.... I hope!