Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Manifesto of the Perfect Union Party

Nowadays we call it a mission statement. Inspired by my blogger friend, Middle-aged Mormon Man, I thought about Lincoln's words at Gettysburg. It seems that neither of today's major parties nor even any of the fringe's parties are anywhere near the Great Emancipator in political philosophy. With some trepidation in daring to edit the great man's expressions, I took out Civil War references and fused in a couple of lines from his Second Inaugural. I came up with an inspired policy platform - all in the words of Lincoln:

Our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. It is for us to be dedicated here to the unfinished work we are in, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, it is for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that we take increased devotion to that cause—that we here highly resolve 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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