Category Archives: My Heroes

0185_President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address_”With malice toward none, with charity for all…”

Donna Jack
February 27, 2017

This evening I spoke about Whittaker Chambers’ autobiography Witness.  While preparing for the presentation, the words:  with malace toward none, with charity for all,  kept going through my head.  These words represent the heart and life of Whittaker Chambers, which comes clearly through in his autobiography Witness.

These words are from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address.

Following is a context for the address, posted it at:
http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/presidents/abraham-lincoln/second-inaugural-address-1865.php

Context

Weeks of wet weather preceding Lincoln’s second inauguration had caused Pennsylvania Avenue to become a sea of mud and standing water. Thousands of spectators stood in thick mud at the Capitol grounds to hear the President. As he stood on the East Portico to take the executive oath, the completed Capitol dome over the President’s head was a physical reminder of the resolve of his Administration throughout the years of civil war. Chief Justice Salmon Chase administered the oath of office. In little more than a month, the President would be assassinated.

Below is the last paragraph of Lincoln’s address which contain the famous words:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

The text for President Abraham Lincoln’s entire Second Inaugural Address can be found at:

http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/presidents/abraham-lincoln/second-inaugural-address-1865.php

 

0133_My heart grieves at our loss of Phyllis Schlafly_she always stood up strong for God, family and our country_Audio and Visual Links_ YouTubes _ by Donna Jack

Donna Jack
September 6, 2016

Dear Friends,

Yesterday one of my all-time heroes Phyllis Schlafly, left us, and is now in heaven.  She has been a great inspiration to me almost all my adult life.

Many years ago I used to listen to her radio broadcasts, and just learned today that she has been speaking regularly on the radio ever since 1983 – and was still broadcasting up until she died.

In 1972 the “Equal Rights Amendment” (ERA) was passed in both houses of Congress, and was then sent to the states for ratification.  The deadline for ratification was March 22, 1979.  Phyllis mobilized conservative women and men across the country, showing them how the ERA would actually hurt housewives and families.  I attended a debate at Denver University during that time.  She was extraordinary in the debate, as she made her case against “the Equal Rights Amendment.”  Thanks to her brilliant unceasing efforts, combined with the efforts of others standing up across the country, that destructive amendment was stopped.  Typically, the Left didn’t quit — and they have continued their destructive agenda. Continue reading

0093_Memorial to Treon Goossen — from Donna Jack_The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost (YouTube)

May 14, 2016
Donna Jack

Four days ago, on Tuesday, May 10th, I woke up with phrases in my mind from the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.  Quickly I hurried to my computer to begin writing.  You can read Frost’s poem printed at the end of this blog, or listen to a reading of The Road Not Taken here.  

A TRIBUTE TO TREON GOOSSEN AND TO HER FAMILY

Treon Goossen is one of the finest women I have had the privilege of knowing.  She left this world May 9th.

The Road Not Taken was one of Treon’s favorite poems.  It was printed in the program that was given out at a beautiful service held yesterday in her memory.

Treon  lived a life of love, “tirelessly advocating for freedom and rights of families in Colorado” (a quote from her memorial service program).

She was always an inspiration and joy to her husband and seven children, and to all of her family.  Yesterday, even in the midst of their great sorrow, it was easy to see the admiration and love all her family members have for Treon; and to see the comfort they have, knowing she is in heaven with Jesus, her Savior.

Not only has Treon inspired her family, but she has inspired so many other people who were in her life — as well as those who simply knew about her.  Near the end of the service yesterday, some of her family members walked up front to speak about Treon first.  Then others who knew her or knew about her, went up front to share about Treon and how she has touched their lives.

People in Colorado and across the country have benefited, and will continue to benefit, from Treon’s life.

Her family will continue to carry on her legacy with gratitude, love and joy.

TREON MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE Continue reading