It is July 4, 2024

Twelve score years ago, America was established as the free nation it is today

By Anil Madan

Abraham Lincoln saw that establishment as a test of whether that nation conceived four score and seven years earlier — conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal– could long survive. He had come to dedicate a portion of the field at Gettysburg as the final resting place for those who had given the last full measure of devotion that that nation could live.

Independence Day. Pic – Santa Monica

In his poetic gallop, Lincoln admonished those listening to his remarks, that it was not up to us to dedicate or consecrate the field, but to dedicate ourselves to the unfinished work which had thus far so nobly been advanced. It was for them and all Americans to be 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.

Eight score and one year (less a few days) from Lincoln’s exhortation at Gettysburg, this nation will put that proposition to the test again on November 5, 2024. Read More… Become a Subscriber

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