All this election nonsense frustrates, overwhelms, confuses, and worries me. . . but the following words from almost150 years ago inspire and motivate me. I hope they do the same for you. I feel that these words are reflected in the events of our America and our world today... We are in a civil war and these crazy elections with all the insults, lack of answers or accountability, and fingerpointing and mudslinging feel like the battlefield of Gettysburg, in which we are fighting against our neighbors, brothers, and fathers. Forget, Barack Obama and John Mc Cain, where is Mr. Lincoln when you need him???? We DEFINITELY need him today ... If only men today could be so straightforward, honest, and simplistic. In these few words, Lincoln was able to call the nation to a renewed dedication and self consecration for the good of all.
Four score and seven years ago, our forefathers 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 it as a final resting place for those who 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, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us here, to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave their last full measure of devotion- that we 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 this government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.