Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thank You President Lincoln

Today is the anniversary of the date that President Abraham Lincoln addressed his fellow Americans at Gettysburg to honor those who died fighting for this great nation.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon 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 here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who gave their lives that that 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 can never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. 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 here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this national shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Incredible. Powerful. Beautiful. Would that we had such speakers who could produce such patriotic words today...and convey those words to America and remind people why this is a great country.

Listening to the radio this morning, Kirby Wilbur (who is a history geek) talked about how there was a "peace" movement during the civil war, led by ... this may shock you ... The Democrats!

I know, shocking right? They thought that the price was too great and the war should end and the south should be allowed to secede. The more things change...

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