150 years ago today.

Mott the Hoople

Sweet Jane
A great man, arguably the greatest American ever, gave a speech.

In that speech of a mere 272 words he was able to distill what not only were the central meaning of the American Civil war be he also defined what it means to be an American. There are two points Lincoln made that were central to the Unions aims in the Civil war and what it means to be an American. Equality and Democracy.

So I humbly ask everyone to read the following and admire something greater than ourselves.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863
so 150 years ago, someone made a speech extolling the greatness of huge and oppressive federal governments, that violating the constitution is ok because the ends justify the means, and did it in such a way that the majority of americans accepted this as a great thing since the founders were slave owners. awesome.