A 2012 Address
A 2012 Address
Eleven score and eight 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 struggle between Liberty and
and communism, testing whether this nation, or any nation so
conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a
great battlefield of the mind and heart of that struggle.
We have come to dedicate ourselves as the final line of protection
against the godless menace of communism for all those who have given
their lives for this nation. It is altogether fitting and proper that
we should do this.
But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate
this struggle. The brave men and women who struggled before us and
are yet struggling, 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 those man and
women have done for our freedoms. It is for us the living, rather, to
be dedicated to the unfinished work which they who fought for us have
thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated
to the great task remaining before us—that from our 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.
With Thanks to Abraham Lincoln
(Dedicated to my brother, Malcolm Dillard Carroll and his shipmates, who gave their lives for this country and its inhabitants, serving on the submarine USS Herring in the Second World War).