Lincoln’s “We Have to Continue the War” Speech

When reading Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, we should be reminded of something. If you really know your biblical books, you should be able to recognize something else. The way the sixteenth President of the United Union States worded the document was in such a way similar to that of the King James Version Bible.

It was very short. The man who spoke before Lincoln, spoke for two hours. Lincoln stood up and sat back down about two-five minutes later. This was a crowd pleaser in some ways. However, not many people in Lincoln’s time or who were even listeners of the speech remembered or quoted his speech. It was confusing to listen to. Newspapers then added it to their papers. When read, Lincoln’s address was easy to follow and more memorable.

Public schools and some homeschooling curriculums require students to memorize this. But that seems to be where the learning of the document ends. Some teachers may speak about it a little, but they probably do not get into any depth. Such as the following I will be sharing with you.

 

“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 battlefield 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.”
-Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

This speech is so similarly structured and written like that of the Declaration of Independence, the King James Bible, and John Wycliffe’s first English Bible. In the first paragraph, the phrase, “that all men are created equal”, we find this in the Declaration of Independence. The last statement, “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”, hints at Wycliffe’s (1384) prologue statement, “This Bible is for the government of the people, for the people, and by the people.” So that the people may not perish but have everlasting life.

Like that of the KJV Bible, the way the words are put together, read, and thought of bring the reader who is familiar with both literary works to believe Lincoln had read the version of the Bible. He seemed to believe in God. However, he used this Christian language in way that he pointed to the North, claiming that what they were doing was right and the godly way.

“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.”

With the sentences above, we can take this several ways. It may have seemed “proper that we should do this”. “This” could mean continuing the war of trying to unite and bring back the old United States, or just simply giving the speech in honor of the brave men who gave their lives.

“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.”

These two sentences basically say the same thing. Let me put it in a few short and easily understandable words: “We, the living, should honor the dead, by continuing the war and winning.”

This speech may have seemed inspiring but was it right? Was it correct to continue the war? Why did Lincoln go to war? This is another essay, but let me hit some important points.

It was wrong to go to war. Just like Lincoln quoted at the beginning, the Declaration of Independence gave the South the right to secede. It was the Revolutionary War all over again. Lincoln and the North in some cases in the shoes of England. The South should have been left alone. But Lincoln knew the North would not make it long without the South. But he could have tried to make peace a different way with the South instead of going to war. There is more I could go on, but again, another time.

~Perrissa

Always Look Up, When Looking Back

   This is my retirement speech…I hope.  If everything goes as planned, this retirement speech will most likely be used.  It may be revised, a little different, longer, etc.  However, if everything goes planned, my retirement speech will be something like this:

   As we know, everyone has their own talents, their own strengths, callings, hopes, dreams, loved ones, and the list goes on.  Everyone is different.  This is a good different.  Everyone lives and sees their lives different from everyone else.

   We all, also, have our weaknesses, our difficulties, hard times, break ups, depressing times, and also those times where we feel we cannot do anything right.  But this is very important.  How you ask?

   If we are honest with ourselves, we know we remember the bad times more than the good times.  Because these bad times shape us.  They bring us closer together with those we love if we have the right mindset.  They build our character, shape us, change our lives, etc. and even those around us.  Like the good times we enjoy in our lives, there are bad times that we can also enjoy.  If we have the right people who are always there for us, we can conquer those bad times and turn them into good times.  

   You may have a job.  But you also have a life.  You may go into work everyday with a positive attitude, which is really good, but on the inside you could be dealing with a possible break up with someone.  But what can keep that positive attitude alive?  Not just when you are at work, but while you are dealing with that hurt, outside of work?  It is possible.

   My work life is something I looked forward to.  It was hard finding the right job and being accepted.  I went through ups and downs.  But through it all I looked up when looking back.  When I look back, I see the 16 (maybe 17?) year old self getting her first job.  While learning the job skills I needed, I went through tough times.  I would be going to college that year.  But I was shy.  (Hopefully won’t be, though, but if things keep going like this I will be most likely).  My social skills were terrible.  But I was a hard worker.  But I felt like if I did not talk to my co-workers and work with them to make our jobs easier together, I was letting the company down.

   To get through it, I looked up.  Looked up to God.  I prayed.  (I am currently praying) I prayed for change.  I went to work, positive.  How?  I knew I did not have to worry about my speech and shyness.  Everything would work out.  I had friends, family, etc.  They were there for me.  To help me.  To pray with me, and love me through my hard times with work and life.  (Hopefully) I am now no longer shy.  Have been.  But if I did not have my friends, family, and my Father I would not be the person I am today.  It is true.  When I look back at my past hardships, and good times, I see the person who would become who God wanted me to become because of those hard and good times.

   So here is my advice to you, when looking back, look up.  Look around at those people who helped you through.  See how they changed you.  How they prepared you to become the person who tries to excel at their job and who they helped to fulfill their calling.  Smile.  This is you.  And no one else can be you.  You are special and unique, but like all people, you go through tough dilemmas.  But you have people who love you, and a Heavenly Father, if you accept, who smiles every time He sees you being shaped into who He wishes you to be.  Do not give up on your life, your job, your relationships.  Be happy through the hurt, because there is help, your friends, in the dark tunnel, and they will be there with an open hand the whole time while you make it to the light at the end.

~Perrissa

P.S. This was supposed to be 250 words.  Seemed too little for a draft retirement speech.

When You Supposedly Know When You Will Go

   That’s right.  I took two different life expectancy calculators.  It is interesting what both came up with.  But, it seems I will maybe not live as long as I thought, but I can be pretty content with what both sites told me.  

   As a little girl, I thought I would be one hundred years old.  I thought that would be the coolest.  But as I grew up, remembering how long it would take for me to be a year older, I kinda gave up on the one hundred idea.  Seemed too long.

   But now, at sixteen, years are flying by.  It feels like just yesterday, it was my sixteenth birthday.  That was in March.  And now in less than two weeks, it will be Christmas.  This Friday, Star Wars: Rogue One comes out!  Time now just flies by!  Won’t be too bad to try and be one hundred again, huh?

   According to the two sites below, I will be 86/87 when it’s my time to go.  Why?  How?  Well, the last site I took, you cannot choose any age lower than 18.  So I cannot really trust I’ll be 86.  But the first site says I will be 87.  Good, this gives me a good time to plan.  A good long time to plan many things.  

    However, I will not be taking this life expectancy to heart.  It could be sooner as 87 is only when I die of age supposedly.  I could get in an accident.  Therefore, it is not bad to start planning my life, right?  When about to go into college hopefully, it may be yours and my time to start planning our lives, our careers, our retirement, marriage, relationships, speeches, funeral, and figuring out our calling.  Get that out of way and enjoy life while you have it.  Stick to the plan though.

   If you want, let me know when your life is expected to end.  I know how weird this is.  But possibly together, we could help each other start planning. 😉

https://www.myabaris.com/tools/life-expectancy-calculator-how-long-will-i-live/

https://www.ssa.gov/planners/lifeexpectancy.html

~Perrissa

Weems’ Washington

   Mason Locke “Parson” Weems was a book writer.  At the time of President George Washington’s death, Weems got up and did his research.  Parson Weems wanted there to be books about the courageous and Patriotic men of the American Revolution.  He decided to take George Washington.  

   Because of this, Parson Weems became the first biographer of George Washington’s life.  However, not everything in the book was exactly true.  Maybe he believed it to be, or it was what he heard from people and took that as facts, or he was praising Washington with awe and wonder with the things he wrote.

   When we think of George Washington, we think of these: first President, important fighter in the American Revolutionary War, the Washington Memorial, honored man, etc.  Why?  Because he played important parts in the history of America.  He is the reason, along with many other brave men, we are here today and still not under the thumb of England.  He took the first step in being our first President.  He became a model for many men.  This is why some of us look at this man in amazement.

   Weems was definitely one of those kind of people.  He was very grateful for Washington and his roles.  But he took it a little too far.  He described Washington as a demigod.  He said as a young man, there were angels surrounding Washington.  Weems said he was a strategist at age of twenty-one, even though Washington used his head like any other good army leader and tried to stay out of the line of fire.  Weems said Washington should be a model for all men, young and old.  Be like Washington.  Live like him.  This was Weems.  He took his biography and made it into a hagiography.  A hagiography is basically looking at the life of someone and making him or her a saint.

   In Weems’ case, he made Washington sound like a saint who could do no wrong.  Washington, in Weems’ eyes, was perfect.  However, we today know this to not be the case.  Weems was the one who came up with idea of the cherry tree story.  Maybe he heard it from someone?  Maybe he thought this to be true?  Maybe something else?  We don’t know.  But we do know that this most likely did not happen.

   At age 6, Washington was given an axe as a gift.  He went and chopped down his father’s cherry tree.  When his father found out and demanded to know what happened, George replied, “Father, I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.”  Maybe this really did happen, but Weems probably took it as something like this: Washington could never tell a lie ever again.  This story showed up in Weems’ fifth revision of the biography.

   Weems looked up at Washington as a great man.  We can too, but we have to remember he was not perfect.  He was the one who started the French and Indian War, by killing unharmful men.  Washington may be a good model for men, but please do realize Washington was not perfect.  He was human just like you and me.  He had his downs like us.  He was chosen for a unique calling only he could do, just like all of us are called to do.

~Perrissa

Labor Unions and their Effects

   Labor Unions have to do with what the workers want.  That is all of what it is about.  If the workers wish to work four hours a day, but be paid full time, not work as hard as the company would work, etc.  the business has to agree or risk consequences.  Labor Unions have the big guy involved.  That’s right, my best friend, the government!

   Because the government is backing up the labor union, the business’s prices soar high.  They have to pay to meet the demands of their workers, causing the prices to be high.  Why?  Because the company has to pay for their taxes/tariffs, their workers (and their designated wants), and the government since they are involved.  Instead of trying to lower their prices to meet the needs of their customers – like in a free market!!!  Businesses that have labor unions usually die out or lose very many customers.

   Because of the lack of working on some parts of the workers, the company may need to hire more people who may also want to work part time, but be paid full time.  It is a cycle.  More people, who want less working time, but more money, means more people, who want less working……  You get it, I hope.  This is terrible.  The government just needs to get out of hair and leave us alone.  I have two parents.  I do not need another one when I move out, thanks.  Two is pretty good as it is.

~Perrissa

Tax Supported Church vs. School

   Everyone should know where their hard earned money is going.  In this case, I am talking about the hard earned money that we work very hard for, only to give it to the government.  This money could be used for new roads, signs, etc.  However, it could be used for schools.  Even churches.  And the thing is, you have no control over this money.  You worked for it, but the government steals it and uses it for possibly something you would not wish it was used for. Continue reading “Tax Supported Church vs. School”

Self-Help Book by Yours Truly

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   I am still wondering why you would want to read a book by a sixteen year old, advising you to change some aspects of your life.  In my short lifetime of experience, I do not think it is time for me to start writing such a book.  However, I can probably surprise you and myself if I did sit down and start writing a self-help book on one topic.  Easy…maybe.  Might be a very short book.  Maybe it can be a pocket book.  Take it with you wherever! Continue reading “Self-Help Book by Yours Truly”