Archive for November, 2016

Veteran’s Day: President Lincoln Weighs In

Friday, November 11th, 2016

The following, published here every Memorial Day weekend and Veteran’s Day, is a letter from President Lincoln sent to a mother whose sons died in the Civil War for the Union cause:


President Lincoln realized that sacrifice must be made to preserve the republic


Executive Mansion,
Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

A. Lincoln

The Election Night Speech Trump Should Be Giving…

Sunday, November 6th, 2016


…but will not



Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


No, please, no! Chant “AMERICA! AMERICA! AMERICA! ” because that is what tonight is about.

My fellow Americans, I want to thank you with extraordinary humility for giving me the great honor of the Presidency of the United States.


No! Please! As I made clear from the start of my campaign, this is not about me but about us, about this country, about the future of the United States and the world which looks to us for leadership.

First, I want to congratulate Hillary Clinton


No, please, this is not what we’re about! The election is over and we must now unite and move this country forward.

As I started saying, I want to thank Mrs. Clinton on a campaign in which she gave her heart to and made sure that the great challenges and opportunities that this country faces were fully debated. It doesn’t matter if you agree with her or not, she threw herself into this campaign and made sure that the American voter was given the chance to exercise their right to self-governance and choose which direction this country should go.

When I began this campaign, I said that this country deserves better leadership and policies. There were those who predicted that I would resort to personal attacks but as even they now admit, I focused on what Americans rightfully care about: a strong economy, blind justice and unquestionable strength and leadership overseas.


If only Mr. Trump chose the high road


And I never strayed from the fact that this country is a nation of immigrants. Which means we are a nation of inclusion of all that dream the American Dream. There are those that wish for us to create great walls to keep people out. But what a contrast to the great Ronald Reagan who demanded that walls be torn down and humans have the dignity to traverse anywhere that they rightfully should. I embrace such vision and I will work to ensure that as many people who wish to share in the privilege that we Americans have to live in this country do so. In the end, all decent people in this world are Americans. They want the freedom and opportunity that this country offers and no countryman of mine should be repelled by such but should be humbled, grateful and appreciate the shared value. As the saying goes, imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

As to respecting each other, I’m glad I brought a laugh during the campaign. Yes, I can be a lapdog to the woman in my life but how many men out there can relate to that?!? [LAUGHTER]. I probably won more support with the revelation that my dates made me open the limo door and my wife makes me cook the Sunday family dinner than with my Make America Great! slogan.

Any person should be rewarded for the efforts of their labor. This does not mean that government or other forces should wrench from them what is arbitrarily seen as unfair gain. I made clear in the campaign and do so tonight that there is no 1%: I only see 100% of this country which is what a president is required to do. Taking from one to give to another is not fairness; it is self-serving politics in its lowest form. Those who are in need should be given a hand up so they may experience the dignity to sustain themselves. We must end grandiose policies which in turn makes people less self-sufficient and makes them in need of government help. The fate of Mother Earth 50 or 100 years from now is important but the fate of our fellow Americans today must take precedent.

To that end, I will reduce the shackles of government’s bonds on us by lowering the oppressive acts of taxing and regulating what we can and cannot do. Since King George, Americans have been at their best when allowed to act as free-acting individuals.

I begin a great mission: serving not only the people of today but also of the future. I hope the good lord will give me the wisdom and fortitude to serve as I should as well as your support as I need it.

Whatever else may be said, I hope I will be remembered for trying to lead a great country that perhaps no one deserves to but someone must.

Thank you and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

-I.M. Windee [Ghost Writer/Dreamer]