Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Getting Out from Under... God


Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
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. Four score and seven 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.
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Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
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.But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, 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 they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. 
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It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these 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.
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--  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1863
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 The above represents the Bliss Copy of the Gettysburg Address.  This is the version which adorns the wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.   This is the speech given by the Sixteenth President on November 19, 1863 - 150 years ago today.
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Documentary film-maker, Ken Burns, asked all living Presidents to read the Gettysburg Address for an upcoming PBS production.
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President Obama read the entire speech and it is presented here for your review:
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Well, my last statement is NOT entirely accurate.
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He read a different version of the speech leaving out two little words found in the final transcript of the Address.
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Those words, as you may have already guessed were, "under God". 
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www.learntheaddress.org

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Ken Burns' website, www.learntheaddress.org, put up a note by Noon today that the film maker requested that the President read the Nicolay version of the Address, the first draft of the speech (the one which pretty much no one knows), vs. the final version of the speech, the only one signed and dated by President Lincoln.
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I found this odd, as today we are are remembering the ACTUAL speech, rather than the draft version of the speech.
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But, between you and me?  I expect no less from our current President.
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If he couldn't sneak in a, 'under Me', into the address, there was no way on Earth he was going to say, "under God".
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The dude might burst into flames.

Not because he's Satan or anything, but just that the realization that there is something 'Greater than himself' he might vibrate so hard that he would spontaneously combust...  
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