Friday, November 20, 2020

November 19, the Gettysburg Address, and Lt. Col. Vindman

As Heather Cox Richardson mentioned in her Letter from an American yesterday, the 19th of November was the anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in 1863. At the end of her Letter, Richardson quoted passages from Lincoln as part of her defense of democracy against the machinations of President Trump. But the 19th of November was also the one-year anniversary of another defender of democracy's testimony to the House of Representatives: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman of the National Security Council. As we follow the President's current attack on "government of the people, by the people, and for the people", it's worth remembering that he's been attacking it for a long time. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 20 November)


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