Guest post by Paul S. Gardiner
President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Gettysburg Address is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential statements of American national purpose. In his brief address, he urged his audience to resolve that the Union soldiers who died during the battle of Gettysburg “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“.
If President Lincoln were alive today, how could he modify his brief Gettysburg speech to address America’s current civil strife and dangers? What would he say to motivate his listeners to strongly guard their individual freedoms and fight against socialism and totalitarianism, etc.?
A modified 2021 Gettysburg Address is suggested below:
Twelve score and five years ago, our forefathers brought upon 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 moral, spiritual, and political war, testing whether our nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. A conglomerate of radical, far-left politicians and their wealthy supporters zealously strive to undermine America’s constitutional republic by turning the nation into a one-party, totalitarian state. It is for us then to be dedicated to the great task of defeating these enemies of the republic to which multiple generations of patriotic Americans have given their lives. Henceforth, let us be highly resolved that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Paul S. Gardiner is a retired Army officer, Vietnam veteran, and avid lover of America and its treasured freedoms. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,University of Alabama, and the U.S. Army War College.