May 30, 2010


To ponder on this Memorial Day weekend . . .

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 here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it 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 can never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. 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 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 this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Posted by LMC at May 30, 2010 10:52 AM | TrackBack

Back in college I once had a final exam question in which the Gettysburg Address figured prominently. The class was American Political Philosophy 1688-1865. The final exam question was: Some believe that Lincoln's Gettysburg Address encapsulates all the major ideas in American political philosophy from the Glorious Revolution through the end of the American Civil War. Explain.

If I recall correctly, I think I filled up 7-10 blue books on that one...

Posted by: The Maximum Leader at June 1, 2010 04:11 PM
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