1.20.2021 – nation, under God

nation, under God,
shall have new birth of freedom
of by for people

Today’s Haiku is abstracted from Abraham Lincoln’s remarks delivered at the dedication of a National Cemetery on the fields where the battle of Gettysburg was fought.

Mr. Lincoln said:

“… our fathers brought forth 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 civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.

Maybe we haven’t been in a Civil War of late but I guess if we haven’t been, it as close as I want to ever come.

Either way you look at it this Country has been tested of late.

A test whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.

A lot of work in front of all of us.

As Mr. Lincoln said, “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us.

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.

When Gerald Ford was sworn in as Vice President in the midst of Watergate, he used the line, “I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.

When Mr. Ford was sworn in as President, he said, “Our long national nightmare is over.”

He then went on to say, “Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule.”

Here the people the rule!

As Mr. Lincoln said in his first Inaugural Address:

Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope, in the world.”

Is there any better or equal hope, in the world?

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