Tuesday, November 19, 2013

QotD: "... government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." A. Lincoln

Holding 3D print of Lincoln's life mask #fb
3D print of Lincoln Life Mask
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

In many ways, it seems that our country is yet again in the midst of a great trial. Not as bloody as the Civil War, but as full of partisan rancor, a paralysis of governing one wonder if the government of/by/for the people shall endure, and a time when liberty and freedom are controlled by governmental forces that at times makes Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus (signed into law just months before the Gettysburg Address) pale.
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.
Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, 1863

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