The Civil War & Lincoln
I'm on Cozumel, an island 10 miles off the Yucatan peninsula, on the National Review post-election cruise. I'm having a good time, listening to good speakers, meeting nice folks, and swimming a bit.
Someone just reminded me that today is the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Not much needs to be said that you don't already know, but I do want to remind you of a few points: it is simple, to the point, only 32 words in it are Latin-based (the rest are Anglo-Saxon based), and without a doubt, it is the most patriotic speech in American history.