John Dickerson

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  • January 20, 2013 9:20 pm

    Grant’s Second Inaugural Address

    We thing our world is moving fast. The technological developments of the new age play a big role in Grant’s second inaugural address:

    The theory of government changes with general progress. Now that the telegraph is made available for communicating thought, together with rapid transit by steam, all parts of a continent are made contiguous for all purposes of government, and communication between the extreme limits of the country made easier than it was throughout the old thirteen States at the beginning of our national existence.

    After the country has been torn apart, he’s pretty sure technology will not only bring America together, but the world:
     Rather do I believe that our Great Maker is preparing the world, in His own good time, to become one nation, speaking one language, and when armies and navies will be no longer required.

    But the kicker to Grant’s second inaugural address is my favorite. Pardon me while I take a little time out for myself:

    Notwithstanding this, throughout the war, and from my candidacy for my present office in 1868 to the close of the last Presidential campaign, I have been the subject of abuse and slander scarcely ever equaled in political history, which to-day I feel that I can afford to disregard in view of your verdict, which I gratefully accept as my vindication.

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