Posted by: Bill Tracy | August 16, 2017

Can Lincoln Save Us, Again?

Upon the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday, and the heinous complicity of the president of the United States in response, I felt compelled to read again a powerful historical document. Known simply as the “Gettysburg Address,” it was delivered on the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania battlefield, Thursday, November 19, 1863 by U.S. president Abraham Lincoln.

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 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.

Given current divisions that have paralyzed government, fractured the Fourth Estate and set families to take sides one against another, there seems a real question whether our institution of government might soon perish. For those who would seek an equitable and just comity for all people in this land, I urge Lincoln’s advice: “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.”

Heather Heyer, Charlottesville, VA

Tamir Rice, Cleveland, OH

Eric Garner, NY

Michael Brown, MO

Sandra Bland, TX

Philando Castile, MN

Myra Thompson, SC

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, SC

Tywanza Sanders, SC

Ethel Lee Lance, SC

Daniel Simmons, SC

Clementa C. Pinckney, SC

Susie Jackson, SC

Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, SC

Depayne Middleton-Doctor, SC

Rodney King, CA

Trayvon Martin, FL

Brandon Tate, PA

Jerame Reid, NJ

Medgar Evers, MS

James Chaney, MS

Andrew Goodman, MS

Michael Schwerner, MS

Walter Scott, SC

Emmett Till, MS

Martin Luther King, Jr, TN

This list could sadly go on from here to the last hard drive in the last computer on the last computer server farm on the planet. It is long past time to stop adding names to the list. It is time for a government that respects and serves every citizen equally. The United States of White America is a toxic delusion. Love is the only antidote I know.

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No Hate

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  1. Impeach Trump. Please. Now.


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