…Can Long Endure

One hundred fifty years ago today, after some music and a two hour oration by the leading speaker of the day, a tall gaunt man stood and delivered in but a few brief remarks words that have and will stand forever

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 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.

It is in fact very appropriate that Captain Teleprompter is skipping the events there today, as the comparison would shrink him even more.

5 Responses to “…Can Long Endure”

  1. JeffS says:

    Lincoln had his issues, but this speech perfectly captures the spirit of America. It’s right up there with the Preamble to the Constitution. IMHO, it’s proof that Lincoln was one of the top ten Presidents.

    No wonder President Zero shies away from any actual comparison to Lincoln. Aside from the common (and much disputed) meme that Lincoln used the Constitution for toilet paper, I mean. I expect that Obama embraces that one.

  2. BlackDog says:

    Since he thinks he his GOD, why leave it out?

  3. Michael Lonie says:

    His inherent modesty, of course. You could hardly expect Obama, of all people, to make reference to himself in such an important speech.

    I almost typed that with a straight face. Almost.

  4. gregor says:

    I can not read, nor hear, those words of Lincoln without
    welling up.

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