Government Of The People, By The People, For The People, Shall Not Perish From The Earth

Nov 19th

I’m sipping at a cup of Crio Bru.  Never heard of it?  I hadn’t either until recently.  It’s ground, roasted cocoa beans! Seriously! It’s my first cup, but honestly, I think I could get used to this.  You brew it like coffee, it’s sugar free, caffeine free, gluten free, helps reduce the appetite (or so they say, but I’ll keep you posted), is packed full of antioxidants and has a sustained energy, rather than jittery energy, that is supposed to last a little longer.  I can’t tolerate the flavor of unsweetened, milk-free coffee, and though I prefer the Crio Bru with both of those, it’s not terrible without it!  I’ll keep you posted on how I like it over time, but honestly, at first try I think it’s delicious!  That alone is plenty to celebrate, but let’s see what’s on the schedule for today anyway, OK?

 

Gettysburg Address Day – (aka Equal Opportunity Day) – There is likely  no speech in American history that is more revered than this short message given by President Abraham Lincoln on the occasion of the dedication of a cemetery in the little town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Not long after the Battle of Gettysburg, the Governor of Pennsylvania, Andrew Curtin, asked David Wills of Gettysburg, to oversee the cleanup of the aftermath of the battle.  Across the battlefield were the bodies of soldiers from both armies, rotting in the heat of the summer sun.  Wills didn’t just bury the bodies in a hurry wherever they happened to lay.  No, he managed to acquire 17 acres of land to create a national cemetery so that the dead could have a permanent resting place.  (personally I think David Wills was a hero!).   A landscape architect from Germantown, William Saunders, made the plans for the cemetery, and the burial began not long after.  On September 23rd, Wills invited highly respected Edward Everett to give a speech.  The dedication was to happen on October 23rd, but Everett wanted more time to prepare, so they rescheduled the ceremony for November 19th.  Almost as an afterthought, David Wills issued an invitation to President Lincoln to make a “few appropriate remarks”.  Lincoln accepted the invitation and gave a speech that lasted a few minutes, which was quite opposite of Everett’s 2 hour oration.  The speech given by Everett has long been forgotten, but Lincoln’s remarks are arguably the most famous words ever spoken in this our history.  So many people from around the world have shown an interest in President Lincoln’s speech that it has been translated into 29 different languages.  If it has been awhile since you’ve read The Gettysburg Address, please take a moment and re-read it.  It’s something we should all be very familiar with, and have the sentiments firmly in our hearts, seared into our souls, and as such renew the resolve of every citizen of our great nation to return her to the beautiful land of freedom that she was created to be!  Those in our government need to remember the last line of the speech, and remember that THEY WORK FOR US, not the other way around.

President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:
 

Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.  
But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

American Made Matters Day – American Made Matters® (AMM), is an organization that is dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products.  They have declared November 19, 2013 to be the first annual American Made Matters® Day. On this day, AMM is encouraging consumers to buy at least one American-made product to show their support for American manufacturing.  This event will kick-off a movement set out to encourage Americans to buy products made in America throughout the upcoming holiday shopping season.  American Made Matters has a list of nearly 200 member companies that use the AMM logo on at least some of their products.  The criteria for allowing its member organization to use its label on goods is to at least have 50% of the product’s cost (labor, materials and overhead) incurred in the U.S., and the final assembly “or transformation” (whatever that means) must take place in the United States.  When you are shopping, please take an extra second or two to look at tags or labels.  It may surprise you how many products come from outside the U.S., and how simple it is to buy a similar product made right here in our own country, contributing to our own economy.
For more information, visit www.americanmadematters.com, or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanMadeMatters

Have a Bad Day Day – Well, what is this?  Is it good?  Is it not good? Hmmmmm . . . .
Well, as I began reading about it I thought I would find that this day was intended to recognize that everyone has a bad day once in awhile.  That wasn’t so!   Apparently whoever set this up, and of course they didn’t have the courage to put their name on it, wanted to encourage people to wish people a bad day, for example for sales people to stop saying “have a good day” to their customers, and replace it with “have a bad day”.  Huh?  Why?  That sure doesn’t sound like a very nice person created this holiday – but I’m betting when they did they were having an awful day and just wanted to spread their sour mood.  I can’t actually encourage anyone to celebrate this one, but if you happen to run into someone actually celebrating it, just smile happily at them and maybe you can turn their deliberate frown into a smile.  It’s worth a try, right?
     

     

This Day In History  –
1863 – Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.
Food Celebration of the Day
Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine – I know that too much caffeine isn’t good for us, but my goodness I do like the way it revs me up and I can get stuff done.  (of course, my liking for caffeine is exactly why I’m trying out Crio Bru – to kick that habit) Whether you like cola, coffee or tea with a shot of bubbles, check out these lively ways to kick up your next caffeine fix.  Some of these look pretty interesting!

Well, contrary to Have A Bad Day Day’s intentions, I am going to wish everyone a happy day!  Enjoy your Tuesday, we’re nearly mid-week and there’s ALWAYS something to be happy about and  celebrate!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

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