Feb 11, 1752 – The Pennsylvania Hospital opened as the very first hospital in America.
Feb 11, 1847 - Inventor and businessman Thomas Edison was born. His inventions included the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.
Feb 11, 1968 – The new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York. This was the fourth Garden.
February 11, 2013
Good Evening Thinkers,
First off I want to thank my readers. Thursday will be the 1 year anniversary of the Real Times! So a big thanks to everyone who starts off their week reading the blog.
Speaking of big dates, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday is tomorrow (4/12). This is significant because our nation is in a similar state of turmoil as it was when he was in office. Plain and simple: Things Are Bad, but none are half as serious as anything President Lincoln had to deal with. Contrary to what we think now, Abraham Lincoln was incredibly unpopular during his time and it wasn’t just in the south.
Lincoln was the most controversial and most hated president of his time. Although he sought reunification and abolition, both noble causes, many mothers and widows blamed Lincoln for the 600,000 dead that were claimed by the civil war. And we thought Iraq was bad…. Even Vietnam only claimed 58,000 U.S. lives….I shouldn’t say only, but in comparison to the civil war, these wars had far less casualties.
The purpose is not to ignore the fact that we presently have problems, but the truth is we’ve endured more in the past and we, as a nation have been able to get through them as one. Even the hard core Democrat and the intense Republican have far more in common than the Union and the Confederates did. We, as a nation, all want the same thing. Freedom. It’s in our DNA. And I will tell you this much, it’s not the same with the Egyptians, it’s not the same with the Iraqis, and it’s most certainly not the same with the North Koreans…feel the earthquake? (North Korea held their 3rd Nuclear test last night producing seismic activity equal to a 4.9 earthquake) So when are we going to stop nation building for others and build our own? You can’t mix legos and lincoln logs and expect to build a house!
So tomorrow, (or today, whenever you read this) get out your lincoln logs, and if you can, take a minute to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday by putting them together one at a time. We’ve all got em’! We Americans do at least, but that’s all that should matter because we need to start leading by example once again. Have a good night friends,
The Real Times
Side note: Lincoln Logs are made in the U.S. Legos are not.
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