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First came—at least symbolically—the pivotal battle of the American Civil War. That was July 1863, on the field now know as Gettysburg.
Then, 139 days later, an address that would reiterate our Declaration of Independence, without the equivocation of slavery.
In just over two minutes Abraham Lincoln would redefine the purpose for union and lay the foundation for a far greater nation than the Founders could have imagined. The address did not merely speak to human equality; for the first time it declared a government of, by and for all of the people.
Without Lincoln’s resolve leading up to the battle that foreshadowed the address, arguably, the United States would not be the nation we know today. As it was, were it not for a near-fatal tactical misstep by the military genius Robert E. Lee, the South may well have succeeded in its goal of secession.
But the South did not turn the war and Lincoln gave an address that is indelibly imprinted on our national consciousness for all time to come.
Fast-forward 150 years, and ask yourself how a president—any president—and especially this president, could cavalierly decide to skip tomorrow’s ceremonies celebrating the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
What could Barack Obama possibly have on his plate that justifies preempting such an auspicious occasion?
Nothing, at least so the White House response to the invitation for Obama to speak at the ceremony would indicate. The President has passed without explanation.
But for Obama to skip the Gettysburg Address sesquicentennial was to be expected, wasn’t it? No great fan of American history, precedent or tradition is our Barack Obama.
He has blown off the National Day of Prayer while celebrating Ramadan, embraced gay marriage while scorning Americans for “clinging” to their First and Second Amendment rights, and decried the nation as lazy while presiding over one of the longest periods of joblessness in history.
Is there anything this man holds sacred?
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