“The brave men (of the Civil War), living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far beyond our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor 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 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—and 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, Gettysburg Address
“Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never tolerate their violation by others.” ~Abraham Lincoln
“If all do not join now to save the good old ship of the Union this voyage nobody will have a chance to pilot her on another voyage.”~Abraham Lincoln
We (the Union) fought for freedom, civil liberties and equality for all—and we were victorious; and the defeated pushed against this. They pushed against the decision of America to live up to its promise. They refused to accept our ratified Constitution granting equal civil and human rights to everyone. They defied the law in every way possible. They did not want to be part of our America that has a moral conscience. They have continually pushed their own hate-filled agenda (i.e. KKK), which has been enabled by people in our government. And still is. Such people do not stand for America. Racism is anti-American. Discrimination is anti-American. Inequality is anti-American. Promoting hate is anti-American. Turning one citizen against the other is anti-American. We (the Union sympathizers) do not want a dictator. We do not want a fascist leader. We do not want authoritarianism. To invite this in is to say that you don’t stand for America.
“Our political revolution has given us a degree of political freedom, far exceeding that of any other nation of the earth. In it the world has found a solution of the long mooted problem, as to the capacity of man to govern himself. In it was the germ which has vegetated and still is to grow and expand into the universal liberty of mankind.”
….if we can keep it.
Happy Presidents Day. 🇺🇸