Wednesday, November 20, 2013
What Lincoln Would Say Today - The Patriots Address
Two centuries, three decades 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.
Now we are engaged in a great struggle, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure.
We are met in our homes, on our streets, in our community halls, inside the institutions and the halls of government, battling in what is nothing less than a war for the return of our Liberty, a Liberty quietly taken from us by international robbers using words of world peace, men wielding massive international/technological powers of deception and subversion. Their motive is greed and the religious fanaticism of Marxism and Islam.
This nation and nations around the world are littered with memorials, dedicated as a final resting-place for those who gave their lives, that this nation might live in Liberty. If we battle not with all we have, sacrificing if needs be, our wealth, our lives and our sacred honor, we dishonor them.
But, in a larger sense, we have already dishonored them, enjoying political innocence born of ease, the delusions of technological security, we allowed their sacrifice to become “in vain.” We did not heed the words of a great president who said a generation ago, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Let us resolve NOT to be that generation! The brave men and women, living and dead, who struggled in these centuries of our history for our liberty, deserve our attention, our energy, our resolve, our struggle, our sacrifice, our hardship.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what those brave men and women have done and what we have lost. We must honor them not with memorials only but with our own blood if needs be. It is for us the living to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us, devoted to that cause for which they gave their 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. Once again America will become synonymous with Liberty, "America is freedom - freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise - and freedom is special and rare. It's fragile . . . " each generation must win and hold their freedom, less tyranny is allowed to win. - Adapted by Archpriest Symeon Elias