The real 4th of July
While the naive think this country was born on July 4th, 1776, those of us who actually know the real story of this country know that it was actually born on July 4th, 1863. On that day, Ullysses S. Grant defeated American proto-fascist rebels at the Battle of Vicksburg, while U.S. troops under the command of General George Meade did the same, the battle ending on the same day, after fighting that lasted for three days in the largest battle in American history at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The battle resulted in the defeat of the forces of darkness, forces that wished for a continuation of government that permitted the kidnapping, rape, murder and enslavement of one third of it's population in order to enrich a lazy, degenerate social class of wealthy criminals who masqueraded as gentile planters. It was a defeat they would never recover from. One can only shudder to think what this world would be like if the first National Socialist government had been founded on the Mason Dixon Line instead of a world away in Germany three generations later. What better way to spend my 4th then with family and friends at this hallowed ground of democracy, this shrine to men who gave their last measure of true devotion to save this country from that fate. One of them was an ancestor of mine, of which my family is particullarly proud, who died on the first day of the battle, fighting in the 12th Massachusetts Infantry, a company of committed abolitionists, under the command of the eldest son of Senator Daniel Webster, who also died that day, a company that would all but cease to exist after that day. If only such men lived today. Take a moment to reflect on their sacrifice as I share pictures of Gettysburg National Cemetary, taken in the "Stadium of Graves" which circle the spot where Lincoln announced the birth of a new nation, a spot where he gave a speech to the 4000 dead assembled, as well as to the living of all time:
Fourscore and seven years ago 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. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow, this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.
It is rather for us the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation 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."
Last edited by FeelTheLove; 07-04-2006 at 04:49 PM.