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Will the world little note, nor long remember gluttony, butchery and deception?

Bill Orton
Long Beach, CA, United States

Apr 19, 2017 — One President eats his cake and drops bombs too, while the first leader of a Grand Old Party silently must etch history's sorrow.

45's own blabber is of meaningless words, hurled in fury, after slicing the nation into deeper division.

Think, then, of the pain in Mr. Lincoln's silence, for his words seem clearly unremembered by a man cheating his party.

Thank you, Mr. Lincoln, for saving this imperfect Union. Rebellion is not hurled in convenience, but with certainty that each side is right.

Just as then a house divided cannot stand, so too now is that foundation cracking in this beautiful land.

Here, then, is a short speech written by pencil on an envelope by a man riding a train to remember fallen military personnel.

19 NOVEMBER 1863

"Fourscore 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."

Thank you, Mr. Lincoln, for saving this nation. You understood the meaning of greatness.

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