The tall man in the stovepipe hat stood to dedicate a cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where many Americans gave their lives, their last full measure of devotion to their respective causes. He spoke in his high-pitched Kentucky accent and summarized the war in ten sentences. Then he sat down. What President Lincoln asked was, whether or not a nation conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal can long endure.
Shall our nation, under God, conceived in liberty, remain or will we loose the whole thing to apathy and complacency? There are a number of people who are presently pushing to reform and reshape America and to replace our republic with a socialist system, conceived in Old Europe. The new system would make all Americans wards of the state in a very real sense and would deny them freedom of choice in how they conduct their business and how they lead their lives. That vision is contrary to the vision of the founding fathers and contrary to how we have lived our lives in the past.
The promise they offer is that the poor and illegally present can eat the bread of those who earned it and can gorge themselves on the carcass of this great nation "free" - for one small vote.
Will we give it all up? Just like that?