Today marks the 157th anniversary of a speech President Lincoln gave. So, I’m gonna share that whole Gettysburg Address with you with only a couple of comments.
Gettsysburg Address was short.
And Lincoln was tall.
Ok. So much for my couple of comments. (rimshot) But seriously. Honest Abe was able to sum up a whole lot of feeling and meaning in only 271 words. And I read that it only took him about 2 minutes to deliver his speech. And that was good. Because the dedication “oration” that came before the President’s speech took two hours. Yikes.
Sadly, though, Mr. Lincoln’s last line hasn’t proved to be true. And, in a way, that’s appropriate. Because a government that rests its security on “the people” will ultimately perish from the earth. Because most of “the people” are confused at best…and evil at worst.
So, “the people” will tend to destroy and vote away their own freedoms.
But one day, there will be a just government in this world. And it’ll be set in place and controlled by the only one who could ever be trusted to be fair and just. And “the people” will either love it or hate it. But they will most definitely not get to vote for it.
Crazy talk, I know. But I predict it will happen.
Till then, our one last chance still has a spark of hope.
If only “the people” would live up to Lincoln’s vision…
The Gettysburg Address
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 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 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.
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