Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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.
November 19, 1863
I cannot ever read the Gettysburg Address with out being profoundly affected by what Lincoln said there. I cannot imagine a politician today saying something like: "But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate--we can not consecrate--we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated, far above our poor power to add or subtract"
Why? Because politicians today have a terrible tendency to take credit for things they have NO business taking credit for. President Obama repeatedly saying HE killed Osama Bin Laden for example when it is obvious he did NO such thing. Navy Seals Killed that clown. And on the flip side...Politicians today refuse to take credit or responsibility for the stuff they actually DID Do. Reagan and Iran Contra, Obama and Benghazi, Obama-Care Snafu and so on and on.
It just highlights the fact in my opinion that we no longer have True Statesmen who lead this country and frankly we now never will.