Friday, November 19, 2010

The Gettysburg Address

147 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln took the podium at Cemetary Hill, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and delivered a 2 minute speech that was and continues to be the gold standard of political speeches.

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 battle-field 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.

We think that is fucking brilliant!

Miscellaneous Civil War banter:
We are Yankees through and through, however we always have to give a true Rebel Yell for General James Longstreet - Long Live General Lee's workhorse!

From the movie Gettysburg regarding the discussion of evolution:
"You may believe you descended from an ape. I may believe I am descended from an ape, but I dare any man to go up to General Lee and tell him, HE is descended from an ape!"

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