FOR ALL AMERICANS, THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
by John Clark
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This is the Gettysburg Address delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863, at the Soldier's National Cemetery. Read this very slowly and reflect on how applicable it is for us today. Even though we have not been engaged in a physical civil war, we are experiencing a cival war of political, social, economic, moral, and religious issues, in which our great country has become very divided.
"Fourscore 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 battlefield 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 that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot 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, and for the people shall not perish from the earth."
May all Americans, whether Republican, Democrat, Independent, Tea Party, and especially the politicians in Washington D.C., including our president, come together for A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM, and may we never forget that we are a government, OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE.
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