150 years ago on November 19, 1863 Abraham Lincoln delivered perhaps the most significant speech about the origins, philosophy, and aspirations for democracy, freedom, and equality for our great country. It lasted for less than three minutes but conveyed the hopes and aspirations that have bound our country together since its founding.
We are now in a controversial period, in which our country is politically divided, our individual freedoms are being attacked, our Constitution is being challenged, our free market economy is being eroded by excessive government and administrative policies, and the very future of our democracy is in question. I recommend that all citizens of the United States of America would benefit from re-reading the words expressed by Abraham Lincoln in Pennsylvania 150 years ago. The Gettysburg Address is quoted below:
“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 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 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 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.
November 19, 1863”
I have no confidence in the socialist policies of our current President and even less in his Administration. I believe that America is currently on an unfavorable and unsustainable regulatory, fiscal, and monetary path, which must be changed or we face extremely serious consequences for our economy, our personal freedoms, and especially for our children’s future.
Abraham Lincoln closed his above speech with the following words: “…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.” Lincoln was right. It is time for us to take back our country.
The Old Guy PhD
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