"that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth"
One hundred fifty years ago, today, the above words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address (see below). It seems to me that we are currently in a struggle no less critical than the struggle of the Civil War. The very essence of our Republic, a government of, by and for the people, is at stake. Our upholding of our Constitution has been degraded to such a degree that I worry it may soon be too late; to reverse this trend. The abomination of Obama-care is clearly an assault on the Article I Section 1, the First Amendment and the Tenth Amendment of our Constitution. The attempts to undermine the Second Amendment, especially during Obama's final term as president have been shocking. The stated intent to legislate and change Obama-care from the executive branch, with no authority to do so, is a slap in the face to the separation of powers as established by our founding fathers. The apparent ignorance of many US citizens regarding our most basic inalienable rights seems to be approaching a tipping point. Will we wake up and return this ship, Our Republic, to its proper course?
Gettysburg Address – Abraham Lincoln - 1863
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 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 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.