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Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Fighting Internal Traitors
Today is the 160th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address, still a clarion call for defending our nation from its internal enemies even today.
The famous Battle of Gettysburg, the great Union victory that was “the bloodiest single battle” of the Civil War but also began turning the tide for an ultimate victory against the Confederacy and slavery, occurred on July 1-3, 1863. Months after that battle, on Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln came to Gettysburg to dedicate a cemetery for the war dead. Facing an exhausted, sorrowful crowd, Lincoln delivered ten sentences that made history.
“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 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 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 consecrate—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 here 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.”
The Union won the war, thanks to Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Grant, and other brave men. But sadly, loyal Americans lost the peace. The Democrats (Confederates) did not give up after they surrendered their weapons; they simply shifted the battleground. And they are perilously close to destroying the United States now, which they did not succeed in doing during the Civil War.
We are a new generation of patriots, and we too must answer Lincoln’s call. It seems pretty clear that we cannot simply rely on our weak and/or corrupt leadership to save the country from crisis; there must be a movement of the people to ensure that all the brave men and women who came before us shall not have labored and died in vain, to ensure that this once great nation, the last bastion of freedom for the world, “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.”
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