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Writer and columnist Tony Lee captures the outrage over Kearns Goodwin’s speech at Breitbart.com’s “Big Journalism.”  He is correct to argue that “she desecrated the hallowed land on which she spoke, dishonored Gettysburg’s honored dead, and disrespected the nearly 8,000 Americans in attendance who did not come to Gettysburg to hear about her life’s story and a progressive history lecture. “ Lee writes:

Clearly mistaking the Gettysburg 150 audience for the Aspen Ideas Festival crowd, Kearns Goodwin then lectured the audience on the “women’s liberation movement” and spoke at length about Eleanor Roosevelt. She emphasized that World War II led to a “new birth of freedom” for women and reminded attendees, “Still, we await our first female president.”

Indeed. The author has actually written works of history, and in her books, she knows how to tell a story. There is a reason, after all, that the public that usually ignores history flocks to buy any tome she writes. Sadly, once the scandal about her plagiarism broke, her book sales only skyrocketed. They say that there is no such thing as bad publicity, and Kearns Goodwin’s career seems to prove that aphorism.

To me, the most outrageous section of her talk was when she  told the audience that when she was on a radio talk show, Hillary Clinton phoned in and invited her to sleep over at the White House. Once there, she said, Clinton “said then we could wander the corridors together and figure out where everyone had slept 50 years before.” Later, as a guest at a Clinton administration state dinner, the first lady, President Clinton, and Kearns Goodwin and her husband Richard Goodwin went “with map in hand…through every room,” and the group was able to “figure out whose it had been during [World War II].” To her delight, she found that she was sleeping “in Winston Churchill’s bedroom.”

What, one must say, led this prolific best-selling writer to think anyone concerned with the meaning of Gettysburg would give a damn about where she and her husband slept when they were overnight guests at the White House? I was waiting to hear her say that, unlike others, she didn’t have to pay for the honor. And anyone who read her Dartmouth commencement address already knew this story.

As a historian, Kearns Goodwin should know that history is the means by which we, as a people, learn about our country’s past — how our ancestors took risks and measures that made the United States the hope of the world and created the great republic in which we now live and breathe as free men and women. Instead, Kearns Goodwin used the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the most important battle held on our own land to talk about herself, and the would-be greatness of the contemporary liberals she holds in esteem.

Her speech was a disgrace to those who fought and died at Gettysburg, and to those today who seek to honor them and remember their sacrifice. Doris Kearns Goodwin should publicly apologize, and return whatever money the Gettysburg Foundation paid to have her speak or donate it to the National Park Service to be used in maintaining the hallowed ground for future generations to enjoy.

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Sounds like she's just doing what postmodern intellectuals do: ignore the stupid old white men who fought and died in the battle and instead, analyze it in terms of race, gender, and class. When all you've got is a hammer...
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In what certainly seems like four score and seven years ago, American voters, deceived by a man of a true nature most foul and his media propaganda ministers, brought forth, upon this Nation, a profoundly warped man, conceived who knows where for certain, who is dedicated to the proposition that all other men and women are created inferior and should be subservient to his every narcissistic will and whim.

Now we are engaged in a great battle, testing whether this nation, or any nation so burdened, and so assaulted, can long endure. We are met here on a great internet battlefield with compatriots in the Tea Party Freedom Movement and compatriots on blogs throughout the interne, of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of our lives in honor of our forefathers who dedicated their lives that this nation might live vigorous and free.
It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

It is for us, the living, to be dedicated to the restoration of freedom, liberty, rule of law, progress and sanity which our Founders so nobly brought about. It is 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 so long ago gave the full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that our Founding Fathers shall not have labored in vain, that this nation shall have a rebirth of freedom, and that this government will once again be of the people, by the people, and for the people, and that we will not allow throwback abominations like Barack Hussein Obama and his quislings and useful idiots like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio to cause it, and it’s shinning light, to perish from the Earth.
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Now, I didn't want to doubt Mr. Radosh's word, but I thought maybe he had perhaps slightly exaggerated things. So, I went to C Span on line and watched the speech. (by the way, I will never stop resenting Ron for prompting these dreadful 15 minutes of my life). IT WAS WORSE THAN HE SAID. I have no language to adequately express the shock. The sheer narcissism of the speech rivaled that of Kim Kardashian but without the good looks. And of all places, where Lincoln set the standard for self-effacement to display such noisome tackiness, again might as well be Kim Kardashian except Kim wouldn't realize the difference. Or maybe Doris doesn't either. I don't know what to say. I am flabbergasted. And the cvill rights bill? Ok, credit LBJ but you are in Gettysburg, Eisenhower's home. Maybe for the sake of good taste and historical balance toss his name in as he tried in 1957 and 1960 to give some federal teeth to civil rights only to be stopped by....LBJ. oh lordy. I've got to start my day over again.
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Re: Ignorant lefty Jesse Fell, below. My "Reply" function won't work except on the first page.

"Art Chance, Martin Luther King was a Baptist, not a communist, and many of the leaders of the movement, both black and white, were clergymen or other religious -- including a large number of Catholic priests. Rosa Parks didn't give a hoot about the dialectic of history, and Ralph Abernathy wasn't looking forward to the time when, the dictatorship of the proletarian having been achieved, the state would wither away."

See, the Highlander Folk School, its connections to the US left and the CPUSA, and its connections with various Civil Rights leaders including Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Jesse, you're not smart enough to be a smarta**.
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I still doubt the Communists were actually involved in MLK and Rosa Park's actions. There's too much differences in methodology for them to work together even for a common goal (MLK pushed for non-violent measures of pursuing civil rights. Had the Communists truly been involved, there would have been a heck of a lot more violence perpetrated "by" MLK's end (emphasis mine), just like the Bolshieveks, the Khmer Rouge, the Weathermen Underground, the Red Chinese, the North Koreans, the Vietcong, the FSLN, etc., etc.). That's also not even getting into how all forms of Communism always try to exterminate religion, meaning they would have tried to kill MLK immediately upon meeting him because he's religious and thus a threat to Communism. The father of socialism/communism, Karl Marx, stated that "religion is the opiate of the masses" and demanded for religion, especially that of Christianity's extermination, and there's also all the stories of what the Soviet Union and the like did with Christians. And for the record, I'm no leftist. I hate them because of their actions against Christianity and Judaism via the USSR, Nazi Germany, North Korea, Red China, Vietnam, Cambodia, etc., etc. Not to mention what the left did in France post-French Revolution to us Christians.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin is a crushing bore. No matter the TV program to which she hauls her tired carcass, eventually she'll devolve into talking about Lincoln (probably her favorite because of his humbleness and decency, but probably despises because he was a Republican), FDR (the quintessential Progressive like herself, who launched the federal government into places no American President had gone before), or LBJ (the corrupt, hulking, Texas toad who screwed up Vietnam more than any other politician could possibly imagine). Boooorring...
41 weeks ago
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Yeah, Doris Kearns Goodwin is the very mewing face of academia combined with (see "c*m" -- which PJM disallows) media of our time. She's got the pleading down-turned brow-line (so sincere, that), the whiney voice. She lives in a lovely townhouse, in a lovely gated community. With all of her lovely, erudite, "Bobo" neighbors (none of whom happen to be first, or even second-generation Hispanics -- let alone welfare recipients). She lacks for nothing. She lives in a world far removed from average Americans. And she wants us to realize that Gettysburg, and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, are not what we understand them to be. No no. Silly us. Maybe if I had gone to Harvard or Yale I could grasp what Gettysburg and Lincoln were all about.
41 weeks ago
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Doris Kearns Goodwin a historian?

Radosh...PLEASE!

Perhaps she's a historian to homosexual neo-Marxist neckbeards and up-talking millenial booger-eaters...right?

But to be quite honest, anything that Barbara Tuchman may have scrawled in magic marker on the inside of a ladies' room toilet-stall door would be more informative and have more insight than everything D.K.G. (the latter day heir to Dr. Joyce Brothers), has ever written....even the stuff she plagiarized.

I'm only surprised that she didn't claim that 51,000 casualties to "gun violence" clearly showed the need for more effective "common sense" gun control laws.
41 weeks ago
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I believe the Gettysburg address is: 1195 Baltimore Pike #100, Gettysburg, PA.
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Why is it all these so called historians are lefties. According to the wizards of smart OUR HISTORY doesn't seem to matter. They distort everything to fit into their little world. Do you remember when Beshloff (don't know the correct spelling) told bho's IQ was off the charts and then he couldn't tell anyone what it was. Folks if this is the best we can do we're in deeper trouble then I thought. It seems the best they can do is LIE. Good ole doris only makes a fool of herself. LBJ didn't want to sign that bill he was forced to. These people seem to think we are all so stupid we don't know our history. This is exactly what progressives do. They are reporting historying their changing it. How very sad there are so many brain dead in this country that believe it.
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matnc, What do you make of Lincoln's words, that the battle had been about whether a government dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal could long endure? Does thinking that Lincoln was right about that make you a brain dead progressive? And if Lincoln was right, is it not appropriate to think about how the struggle for the same ideals continues in our own day?
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"And if Lincoln was right, is it not appropriate to think about how the struggle for the same ideals continues in our own day?"

A fair question. The answer is that there were a very specific set of ideals that motivated the troops at Gettysburg, and almost none of the perennial hobgoblins that so exercise our Left of Center chums was among them.

Dan Sickles did not advance his troops into the Peach orchard to "make a stand for Marriage Equality". Joshua Chamberlain's regiment did not hold Big Round Top to oppose offshore drilling, and had you told the Minnesotans in the center that they were there to preserve a republic that would hopefully one day elect a (very) former First Lady as POTUS, they likely would all have just up and gone home.

(Lincoln, to the great consternation of moral Yankees, who would like nothing better to have made the War for Southern Independence ALL ABOUT a "Crusade against Slavery", was maddeningly all over the map over it).

The kind of bunk that issues from Kearns-Goodwins' mouth tries to graft her own whims and desires onto the ideals of those that believed enough in whatever they were fighting for to stand around while other fellows fired grape-shot at them from cannons.

it's a cheap and odious trick...like giving yourself a medal for valor because a distant ancestor was once a hero.
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Thinking that Lincoln was right about that doesn't make you a brain dead progressive. What you think we should do about it makes you a brain dead progressive. It's not enough to have high principles. Your plans have to work - for ALL AMERICANS, not just for your pet victim groups.

At least Lincoln had the decency to question his own actions - trying to balance what was best for the slaves with what was best for the Union and, yes, what was best for the South as well. He knew that whatever he chose to do, people would suffer.

Progressives aren't humble enough to doubt themselves OR to admit that, in the quest for "social justice," people are going to get screwed by their own government. They won't just tell us that their plan is basically to screw and screw until everyone, white, black, hispanic, gay, lesbian, etc. - is screwed equally. This is a game that only government appartchiks will win. Ordinary citizens - their money and their freedom will be eaten by the government juggernaut as it slouches its way toward "social justice."

Yeah, Lincoln was right. And he was wiser than the radical Republicans who claimed to be carrying on his work during Reconstruction. (They were more like today's Democrats - using the power of Big Government to "radically transform" the South.)

And he was wiser than you progressives, who claim to be carrying on his work today. Don't even mention Lincoln and yourselves in the same breath.
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Tell me more about how progressives are going to screw everyone equally. This is truly fascinating.
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At Gettysburg, Lincoln said that the battle had been about whether a democracy founded on the principle that "all men are created equal" could survive the inevitable inner strains that every form of government is subject to. In other words, it was a battle to vindicate the ideals of democracy and equality. If it was about anything worth mentioning, it was about that. Doris Kearns Goodwin got it exactly right.
41 weeks ago
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If Lincoln could see MSNBC and the DOJ he would've personally sent every freed slave back to Africa. Goodwin is a socialist, politically correct, racially bigoted pig.
41 weeks ago
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...and that is was fought in a titanic stuggle by white men is just an inconvienent truth but that can be glossed over for the current narrative.
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No one denies that the battle of Gettysburg was fought by white men. What in the world are you talking about? I was trying to say (maybe I didn't say it well) that the battle was about great ideals that still matter today -- the ideal that Lincoln alluded to in his address -- "the proposition that all men are created equal". If these ideals still matter, then they apply not only to racial minorities, but to women and to gays.
41 weeks ago
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And to the current target of Progressive approved discrimination, straight white males?
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She should not be called an historian if she plagarized. And she won't be on my list of authors to buy.
41 weeks ago
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I wonder what is like to live life without understanding the word shame...for these progressives apparently have none.

More than that, how do these ingrates and lovers of self keep getting invited to speak. You mean to tell me this stiff was actually paid for this self-promotion?

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We shouldn't forget that Goodwin also inspired Obama to create a team of rivals for a cabinet, which has resulted in the most coherent goals and policies since Lincoln :). Unles, of course, you only goal is to fundamentally destroy and remake America.
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