Tony Flitcraft: Remembering Lincoln’s words |

Tony Flitcraft: Remembering Lincoln’s words

On the occasion of his birthday, it seems appropriate to contemplate what President Lincoln said in a speech dedicating the Civil War cemetery at Gettysburg, November 19, 1863:

“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. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what [these soldiers] did here. It is rather for us the living, we here be 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 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.”

We have morphed from a government of the people, by the people, for the people to a government of the elite, by the bureaucrats, for the proletariat. The elite know how to run our lives better than we do, the bureaucrats implement the elite’s policies, and the proletariat gets a government that confiscates its fundamental personal responsibilities.

Is this the new birth of freedom President Lincoln resolved to sustain? Did the Civil War dead die in vain?

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