Chamberlain's Speech to Mutineers on Road to Gettysburg: What it is to be an American





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Uploaded on Apr 11, 2008

Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was marching with his men to Gettysburg to hold the left flank of the Union line...when 120 mutineers were given to him and told he could shoot them by a snobby guard detail officer. Wronged by the Army bureaucracy with a gotchya! stop-loss that wouldn't let them out of their expired enlistment contracts (sound familiar?), Chamberlain instead DOES THE RIGHT THING and ASKS them to fight one more last time for the Union. He reminds them that there is no "us" and "them" snobbery the Southern Rednecks prescribe too, only US; each one of US are human beings made in God's image and in the final analysis: WE FIGHT FOR EACHOTHER.


Those mutineers--WHO DIDN'T HAVE TO--swayed by Chamberlain's logic and love of mankind SAVED OUR NATION that fatefull day when by the thinnest of margins they defeated an emotional Confederate attack by doing the unpredictable---fixing bayonets! and charging--when their ammunition ran out. Chamberlain's tactical intellect and MORAL INTEGRITY won the battle.

This is what being a REAL American is all about.

Standing for your conscience based on FACTS. Not prejudices and hate.

We need this reminder today because we have a new underclass of hate and violence-mongers masquerading as "Americans" but who have no conscience and want to live their lives based on prejudices and not any objective FACTS; steered by a dictator who creates wars for maximum corporate profits just as long as he feeds them fluff about "going to Church, keeping their guns and not aborting babies"-- while he bankrupts the nation and murders "ragheads" for Wall Street profits. Its the same Fascism that the Tories who wanted to stay wed to King George wanted in 1776; that if followed back then there wouldn't even be an United States of America.

REAL Americans are not snobs.

REAL Americans don't buy into corrupt BS even if it comes from a government official or allegedly "patriotic" political party; they do what's RIGHT, period. Even when its unpopular and when the chips are down. These are the real Americans--not the flag-waving fascist phonies. Its time for Red America to join the human race and stop being the stooges for evil corporations and would-be King Georges like Bush and McCain who only fight for filthy big corporation loot.


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