Gettysburg Revisited

Carey Rowland
2 min readJun 8, 2024

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Two hundred and forty-eight years ago, our founders brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all Americans are born equally.

Now we are engaged in a ridiculous cultural war, testing whether this nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.

We are a met online in a gritty political battle, testing whether this nation, or any nation so convulsed, and so dessicated, can endure the slings and arrows of outrageous insurrection. We are strung online in a great webwide net of trolling treachery and foxy boxing contention.

We have come to re-dedicate a portion of that nation, as a vital meeting-place for those who still commit their lives, that our nation might endure beyond the slings and arrows of outrageous magamania. It is altogether necessary that we do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not, perhaps, commit to this; we cannot concentrate upon prolonging this hallowed legacy. The brave citizens, living and dead, who struggled here and there throughout our history, have consecrated our America far above our pathetic power to aid or repair it.

The internet will little note, nor even give a flip about, what we say here, but it can never forget what our founders did here in our Capitol.

It is for us the peacemakers — for blessed are the peacemakers — to be dedicated now to the unfinished repair work before us. . . that from these honored steps and this broad dome we make increased devotion to that which our fallen defenders have given their last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these casualties shall not have died in vain, but rather, that his nation, under God, shall have a new birth of tolerance, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from our United States of America.

Glass half-Full

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Carey Rowland

Author and Publisher of 4 novels: Glass half-Full, Glass Chimera, Smoke, King of Soul; 1200+ blogs, musician, songwriter, poet, 43-year husband and father.