Friday, November 19, 2010
Gettysburg Address: A Nation of the Federal Government, by the Federal Government and for the Federal Government
Today is the anniversary of one of the most celebrated speeches in world history: The Gettysburg Address. Abraham Lincoln was a former Whig. The Whigs were for high tariffs and protectionist policies that favored the industrial north at the expense of the agrarian south. The party later fragmented and one of the off-shoots became the Republican Party.
History demonstrates that slavery was the main cause of the American Civil War; but that was not the only reason the south seceded from the union. It was the mercantilist policies of Abraham Lincoln and his former Whigs that drove the South to declare themselves a sovereign nation.
Abraham Lincoln himself declared that if he could save the union without freeing the slaves he would have done so. The war was first and foremost about the preservation of the union; state’s rights and slavery were secondary.
Abraham Lincoln and his statist unionist won the day. Now, this country has a new birth of slavery -- a nation of the federal government, by the federal government, for the federal government that shall not perish until George Soros and the new world order takes us over.
The Gettysburg Address:
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.