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July 07, 2004

Lincoln, Liberty, and Ukraine

Monday night we went to the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus patriotic concert. It was great--especially the Kyiv Brass ensemble.

While Lincoln rates among my 5 least favorite presidents, I was very moved by their performance of Aaron Copeland's "Lincoln Portrait."

What was so emotional was hearing the US Ambassador to Ukraine, the Hon. John Herbst, narrarate it in Ukrainian. Ukraine is still struggling, as it has been free of the Soviet Union for such a short time. I wish all of Ukraine could have heard the exhortation:

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise high with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country. . . .

. . .we here highly reslove that these dead shall not have died in vain; and that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. . . .


May it be so.

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Very nice. It is good to hear about people in a foreign country hearing about the good America has to offer!

Posted by: Andrew at July 7, 2004 07:24 PM

Hello! I found you on the Thinklings website and was very surprised and pleased to find out you live in Kyiv! I am a summer intern down in Simferopol, Crimea. I was up in Kyiv this past weekend for a fourth of July American missionary barbeque thing. I didn't hear about the patriotic concert until later but I did see the Olympic torch come through the city. Anyway, just wanted to say "privyet" and that I think your blog is cool. Mine is Katherine's blog, under the Inner Sanctum list on Thinklings.org. Peace.

Posted by: Katya at July 8, 2004 01:29 PM

Run Yushie run! Kuchmu het'!

Posted by: The Liberal Media at July 8, 2004 04:18 PM

How encouraging! So glad you blogged this. I do have to ask- why is Lincoln one of your least favorite presidents?

Blessings,
Rebecca

Posted by: rebecca at July 9, 2004 07:37 AM

Hi, Katya! I saw you mentioned on the Thinklings and then noticed you'd be in our neck of the woods. But I thought it was too late to contact you and see if we could meet sometime. But, if you'll be in Kyiv again, drop me an e-!

Lib, when do you think you'll be in town next?

Rebecca, in short, I think he poorly handled the major issues of his time, and was often disingenuous. Also, he was responsible for the extending the powers/bureaucracy of the US. (One of the chief things that bug me with other presidents, like FDR and LBJ.)

Posted by: TulipGirl at July 9, 2004 06:28 PM

I really have no idea when I'll be able to make it, though I'm already long overdue for a visit...probably not before September, and even then I'm not so sure. Apologies once again about the Great Tortilla Fiasco (hope Disco isn't too upset about his fruitless trip to the airport!). I'm still working on it.

Posted by: The Liberal Media at July 12, 2004 10:44 AM

Lib,

No worries! It all worked out fine, honestly. John brought along a book and so got some time for peace and quiet. And, hey--it's fun having something to look forward to!

Btw, did I tell you I adored the Speeding Lisa concert? It was great. The only thing that would have improved the set would have been the Pumpkins' song "Rat in a Cage." *grin* Maybe you could pass that along. . .

Posted by: TulipGirl at July 12, 2004 05:18 PM

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