Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Translated in Time

WHERE  HAS  COMMON  SENSE  GONE? NO. 22 Thomas Paine, August 2012Eleven score and sixteen years ago our founding fathers brought forth a new nation, conceived in individual liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with individual rights and freedoms and protection from harm by others.

Now we are engaged in a great cultural war testing whether or not this nation can endure in maintaining the same unimpeded principles of freedom and opportunity that compelled our founding fathers to throw off an unresponsive and impulsive government. We will soon meet on the greatest modern electoral battlefield of that war. We will vote to validate a concept that defines the views of Americans with respect the attributes they desire in a future government. In the final analysis the voters will cast their lot with either a government of heavier regulation and reduced personal freedom or a government that limits its own power because it believes in the right and the ability of the individual to make appropriate self-choices.

As the voters meet to wage this great cultural battle they will find it difficult to discern fact from fiction. The disruptive and confusing heat of battle will fill the air with a myriad of nearly incomprehensible claims and counter claims. Unfortunately no one side will enjoy an advantage of right over wrong. It remains for the actual voters to determine the content and character of our national identity going forward.

Lest we as individuals feel we have little power to add or detract with respect to the cultural content of our nation, we must dedicate ourselves to the great task facing us, of throwing off the shroud of diversity smothering our God given desire for individuality by returning dignity, charity and the quest for personal opportunity, which have guided our national progress since our great nation’s founding.

If we do this, then this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and our cherished government of the people, by the people and for the people shall be preserved and remain a worthy standard for the nations of the earth.

T.P. – 2012

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