The Gettysburg Address has a modern meaning

February 16, 2009

I think that on president’s day it is only fitting that we talk about one of the greatest speeches every given by a President, The Gettysburg Address. This speech, written and given by Honest Abe was about having a tempered spirit and soul to heal the wounds of the nation and bring people together instead of assert the dominance of the north over the south. By doing this, Lincoln saved the Union – there is no question about it. Here is the short speech 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 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.

To me it seems that there is a new civil war going on in the US, between those that are religious and those that are not. I know this may seem extreme, but the little signs are all around us. Abortion legislation, gay marriage, etc. The issues are starting to boil over and if we don’t have the same commitment to preserving the union like that of Lincoln I think that we can for sure see a wide rift building in the country. It may not be as clearly divided as north and south but it will be just as bloody and dangerous. I think that on top of all the other problems that Obama must solve it is his main tasks to bring this country back to it’s moderate roots and bring people together on common ground instead of divide them on fundamental ideals. I know that Lincoln are large shoes to fill, but Obama has no choice. The country hinges on his success.


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