When I read Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, his brief and eloquent summation of what American stands for, I am again reminded that our fight to preserve liberty in this nation never ends.
We are ending a decade in which our freedoms have greatly diminished. We live in land where government by the people seems to be less self-governed every single day. We relinquish our civic duties in return for civic voyeurism, our legislators seem to work for themselves and corporate lobbies, and all of our reforms and laws are just additional yokes around the neck of the nation.
California, the most populated state in the Union, seems to drift further away from any semblance to what America should be. We live under a government that delivers so little but takes so much in taxes. When are we going to have a new constitutional convention? We cannot long live in an economic and social disaster zone where government is blind, deaf and ignorant of the needs of the people.
Anyway, just some thoughts for 2010…..
“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.”