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. – Abraham Lincoln, March 1865

For Presidents Day, I offer four speeches from four of our presidents.

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iranmissile

Our “partner” in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran Nuclear Deal) just tested a new long-range ballistic missile over the weekend. Since long-range ballistics were not included in the deal, Iran feels free to ignore other agreements, such as UN resolutions like this one, that do prohibit them. Read more here.

Long-range ballistic missiles, otherwise known as Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM’s), are primarily designed to delivery nuclear warheads. I wonder why Iran would test one if they aren’t planning on developing nuclear weapons.

Twice in my lifetime, the long arm of destiny has reached across the ocean and involved the entire life and manhood of the United States in a deadly struggle. There was no use saying: “We don’t want it, we won’t have it; our forebears left Europe to avoid those quarrels; we have founded a new world which has no contact with the old”—there was no use in that. The long arm reaches out remorselessly and every one’s existence, environment and outlook undergoes a swift and irresistible change. What is the explanation, Mr. President, of these strange facts, and what are the deep laws to which they respond?

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Here are a few highlights from both Republican debates yesterday:

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From Scott Walker’s foreign policy speech given at the Citadel, August 28, 2015: