November 19, 1863
On June 1, 1865, Senator Charles Sumner commented on what is now considered the most famous speech by President Abraham Lincoln. In his eulogy on the slain president, he called it a “monumental act.” He said Lincoln was mistaken that “the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here.” Rather, the Bostonian remarked, “The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech.”
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.
For reasons the progressive socialist left will either deny or refuse to address, this speech seems exceptionally relevant at this point in time. Through a combination of political correctness, secular multiculturalism, victimhood and misinformation, America is now as deeply divided as during the 1860s. Ironically, we’ve returned to this place of division largely due to actions taken by a man who sold his candidacy on the message of post-racial reconciliation. Equally ironic is how one of this man’s major allies in the Senate is aiding and abbetting the socialist takeover of America by equating resistance to massive government intervention into the health care system with opposing the abolition of slavery.
Perhaps the progressive socialists require a history lesson.
In the presidential election of 1860, the Republican Party, led by Abraham Lincoln, campaigned against the expansion of slavery beyond the states in which it already existed. The Republican victory in that election resulted in seven southern States declaring their secession from the Union before Lincoln took office on March 4, 1861. It’s important here to note that secession was led by and participated in by Democrats (read: progressive socialists) who insisted on the maintenance of slavery. In September 1862, Republican Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation made ending slavery in the South a war goal. Confederate commander Robert E. Lee won battles in the east, but in 1863 his northward advance was turned back after the Battle of Gettysburg. Confederate resistance collapsed after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.
Reconstruction, which began early in the war and ended in 1877, involved a series of federal and state policies. The long-term result came in the three Reconstruction Amendments to the Constitution: the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery; the Fourteenth Amendment, which extended federal legal protections equally to citizens regardless of race; and the Fifteenth Amendment, which abolished racial restrictions on voting. The Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments were all passed with little to no Democratic (read: progressive socialist) support. In fact, they actively fought against all three Amendments.
Following the Civil War black leaders made substantial progress in establishing representation in the Republican Party. The first 100 black Congressmen elected to office were all southern Republicans. After Democrats (read: progressive socialists) passed Jim Crow laws, poll taxes, literacy tests, and founded the KKK in order to intimidate and exclude blacks from public life, there were no blacks elected to Congress for 75 years.
Besides excluding blacks from equal participation in many areas of public life, Democratic (read: progressive socialist) white society also kept blacks in a position of economic subservience. When blacks fled the segregated south to live and work in the north, they were denied employment unless they agreed to join organized labor unions. In order to join a union, being a registered Democrat (read: progressive socialist) was a requirement. The choice offered to blacks fleeing the south for employment in the “liberal” north was: become a Democrat (read: progressive socialist) or starve in the streets. This was especially true during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Great Depression years.
Ever since the black seperatist Muslims assasinated Republican Martin Luther King and hijacked the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, Democrats (read: progressive socialists) have lied to American blacks. They’ve falsely accused Republicans of being the oppressors of the black community. A look at history shows us that, unlike the Civil Rights legislation passed following the Civil War, which Democrats (read: progressive socialists) fought, 1960s Civil Rights legislation passed with significant Republican support. Through their persistent combination of political correctness, secular multiculturalism, victimhood and misinformation, Democrats (read: progressive socialists) have continued to use and manipulate blacks into voting them into office.
In fact, when we review the cities and states with the highest percentage of unemployment and the largest budget deficits, they’re all run by Democrats (read: progressive socialists). Cities and states with the highest taxes and biggest spending are the most regressive places to live in this country. Many of them are either already bankrupt or they teeter on the brink of bankruptcy. Impoverished blacks have been voting for Democrats (read: progressive socialists) for the past 50 years and they’re still poor. This should tell us all something.
For the second time in history, Democrats (read: progressive socialists) have done everything in their power to divide this country along racial lines for their own personal and political gain. They’ve drawn the battle lines and are now openly and arrogantly daring their opposition to stop full implementation of their socialist agenda. They continue to lie, manipulate and use the masses in their unquenchable thirst for power.
I pray to Almighty God that another Gettysburg Address will never become necessary. Should such an occasion again arise, as before, the responsibility will rest squarely upon the shoulders of progressive socialists.