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Formerly noble

Dear Editor:

Eleven score and sixteen years ago our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

We have recently been engaged in a great national election, testing whether this nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. This nation has met in a great electoral contest. The result of that contest is that this formerly strong and noble nation now lies slain, and its citizens now subjugated, in spite of those who gave their lives so that this nation might have lived.

Earlier in our history, it was altogether fitting and proper that they should have done this.  But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this election, for this contest has signaled the end of this formerly great nation. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled to preserve it, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will note, and long remember what happened here, in spite of what our founders did here. It is for us, rather, to be dedicated to restoring the work which our forefathers so nobly advanced. It is for us to be 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 are determined that these dead will have not died in vain, in defense of lesser men than themselves.

Until then, this nation, under Obama, has given birth to a new era of tyranny — and that a government of the corrupt, by the weak, for the parasite, has sentenced the formerly noble United States of America to perish from the earth.

Duane Branson

This story was posted on November 19, 2012.