Thursday, October 11, 2012

A political exercise.

This month, the sixth grade class at my kids' school is memorizing the Gettysburg Address.  

We gave Olivia's classmate, Cooper, a ride home the other day and the two started reciting it together. It's simple and beautifully written.  Along with the actual speech, the kids have also memorized some of the important historical facts about the war, the setting, and the author. 

Needless to say, I've had the privilege of hearing it over and over again the past couple of weeks. 

In light of our upcoming Vice-Presidential debates tonight, round two of the Presidential debates next week, and the election just weeks away, it's worth a read. 

It'll take you about two minutes to get through it. Trust me, I know. 

'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'.

- Abraham Lincoln

Have a great night. 

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Traci said...

Yes. Isn't it beautiful?

Dina said...

I am thinking I might fill in Abraham Lincoln's name in on my ballot next month!