That’s how Mr. Lincoln began his now famous Gettysburg Address. One new idea presented was that “our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation” (emphasis mine)
The United States was still a confederation of sovereign states, for the most part, in 1861 at the beginning of the rebellion of the southern states, but the winning of the war would mold those states into a nation by 1865 – a nation which mourned the death of it’s first assassinated president.
He went on to say that it was “conceived in liberty”. Although the vision of those patriots was “the proposition that all men are created equal”, the cornerstone of this “new nation” in 1776 was LIBERTY.
Mr. Lincoln ended by encouraging us to “highly resolve” that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom”, and that it’s government be “of the people, by the people, [and] for the people”.
Since that time, patriots have fought an ongoing battle against those who would create a government which rules the people according to political expediency or the ideological visions of some elite few.
Today, in 2014, let’s keep working for a new birth of freedom, and a government which is accountable to the people, in a nation, under God, in which all men are equal.
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