Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Gettysburg Address for Progressives

With its graceful language influenced by the King James Bible, recognition that America is a nation under God, and that the soldiers who died were fighting for freedom, it is clear that the Gettysburg Address does not match up very well with modern progressive secularism which denies God, values entitlements more than freedom, and is ashamed of much of America's history.

Had modern progressive sentiments been in place in the mind of our president in the 1860's, the Gettysburg Address could have been much different:

Four score and seven 87 years ago our fathers a bunch of rich racist old white guys brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty stolen from the Native Americans, and dedicated to the proposition that all only white 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. the one percent should exploit the 99%. It is altogether unfitting and improper 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 of socialism 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 equality -- and that government of the people left, by the people left, for the people left, shall not perish from the earth.

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1 comment:

  1. So after I posted this article, I read that Barack Obama left out ¨under God¨ from his recorded recitation of the Gettysburg Address. Go figure.