A date that changed the course of American history…
Predators, Cosby and the Courts.
“Gettysburg” is an ethics movie, and a great one. I don’t know why this didn’t come through to me the first time I watched it.
Let’s try to remember.
Had George Armstrong Custer perished on July 3, 1863, he might well have become an iconic figure in Gettysburg history, showing how the ethics verdict on a lifetime is never settled until the final heartbeat. His story also commands us to realize the disturbing truth that whether we engage in admirable conduct or wrongful deeds is often less a consequence of our character than of the context in which that character is tested.
About a hundred and fifty years ago, the soul of America was in the hands of brave men from Minnesota, and every other state too. At Gettysburg.
On July 3, I always reflect on Custer’s grand heroism when his country needed it most, and how strange it is that he is best remembered for his worst blunder, when his greatest achievement was so much more important. I also think about how his life is a cautionary tale, reminding us of how easily our strengths can become our weaknesses, if we fail to understand how best to use them, or recognize when they are leading us astray.
The Battle of Gettysburg was as vital to the development and preservation of American values as Independence Day, and just as much a symbol of what our ancestors were willing to risk in the quest for liberty.
“There’s telling the truth, then there’s telling parts of the truth to advance your position. That’s just what Zinn did and just what Joy Reid is parroting.”
I suppose three arch statements in a row are excessive on an ethics blog….