1776, a group of regional politicians launched an illegal revolt
in North America to create a far more lucrative tax jurisdiction,
which was then sold to the voters by the marketing slogan of "liberty."
It was officially dedicated to the proposition that all males
are created equal, other than kidnapped Africans and their descendants.
Now we are
engaged in a great civil war, testing whether this tax jurisdiction,
or any tax jurisdiction so justified and so marketed, can long
endure, especially in the face of another group of regional politicians
who are trying to pull off a similar stunt in the name of the
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 members
of the Union Army who here gave their lives, that this tax jurisdiction
might expand. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should
a larger sense, we can not dedicate we can not consecrate
we can not sanctify this ground. Half of the brave men,
living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far
above our poor power to add or detract.
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 half of those
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 jurisdiction, under penalty of perjury,
shall have a new birth of revenues, and that government of the
corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations, shall
not perish from the earth.