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Lincoln's Gettysburg AddressOn this date, the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, too many have forgotten the screed of those Southron secessionists who threw our nation into a bloody civil war—a screed now taken up by those who call themselves patriots, the screed of the Tea Party. Take a moment to reflect on what Abraham Lincoln would think had become of his party, and their abrogation of any dedication to these key words from that 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. . . .

. . . 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. . . .

Forgetting our history is a luxury we can ill afford if we recognize the truth in George Santayana’s oft misattributed statement: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

We must rededicate ourselves, and assure that those “honored dead,” as well as the many others who have since died, shall not have died in vain. We must bring about a final termination of the mutated beast now known as the GOP!

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