At 'The View Through The Windshield', I don't have a 'comments' section. My blog is one man's journal rather than a community. I've always wanted my blog to be a writing outlet for my observations, many of them about cars. I've been posting since 2004 and I think that 'The View Through The Windshield' has remained true to my goals.

Too many bloggers have quit because they were deluged with hate and spam comments. It is a little-known fact that Abraham Lincoln was an early blogger, but gave it up because he found the feedback negative, unbalanced and dismaying. Some historians cite this as a reason for his oft-melancholy disposition.

Here is a recently unearthed page from his old blog:

Thoughts Straight From Your President:

The View
The Isenglass

About Politics ... and Everything Else I See
by Abraham Lincoln

car blog

November 18, 1863: I am taking the train to Gettysburg tomorrow and am planning to give a brief speech at this remarkable and sad place. For the many who cannot be physically present, here is a preview for you, My Loyal Readers and Fellow Citizens:

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that our nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

# posted by Abe L. @ 3:51 PM

COMMENTS (These comments are unmoderated):

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# posted by HowardD : 5:48 PM

Abe, I blame you for everything that is wrong with America. You got us into this stupid war. Typical Republican; all you care about is the Cotton Lobby. My aunt got a gangrenous boil because of you. Die. Die. Die.

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Mr. Lincoln, I am a college professor at a well-known school. The punctuation and sentence structure on your blog is abysmal. You are the dumbest president the Republic has ever known. You must have been educated in a very small log cabin indeed. Heh.

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Damn you, Lincoln! Ever since you have been in office, my tuberculosis has been getting worse. I am going to start my own blog where an entire community of angry people can freely post their rants and complaints about ye and yer kind. I am not sure what I will call it yet ...

# posted by The Daily Kof : 9:14 PM

You Republicans are all crooks. I saw the vice president last night walking the streets, collecting bribes from stablemen and prostitutes. He was drunk, too. He even bought me a whiskey. And I wuz too drunk to drink it. Damn! Yer all wasteful crooks. You have given me a mean headache.

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