Monday, February 20, 2006

President's Day

While most of the nation is on it's 3 day weekend, I am here at work alone.....

No bother really, just gives me time to write this observation. On a day we now celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abe Lincoln I wonder why we no longer create men or women with the values and ability to express themselves to serve this country on a local, state or national level.

No one today, no government, Party or movement official would ever be able to deliver something like this:

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address,given November 19, 1863 on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon 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 this 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 this earth.

2 Comments:

At 10:06 PM, Blogger Brent said...

The problem is that Lincoln and others like him spoke from their heart, based on the cornerstone of their beliefs. You think that politicians do that today? Pffftt!!!

 
At 5:05 PM, Anonymous ashok said...

I've written a commentary on Lincoln's Gettysburg Address that you might be interested in, inasmuch it probably reinforces your suspicion that today's politicians are less than sincere and hardly eloquent.

 

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