Letter: Gettysburg address should be required reading for Congress

November 26, 2013 

Letter: Gettysburg address should be required reading for Congress

It's a shame that our president avoided the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address. All of Congress should read those 272 words. Their brevity and clarity, uttered on that bloody soil, would remind our government of the healing our nation needs. For "Now we are engaged in a great (political) war, testing whether that nation ... so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure (government shutdowns and spurious laws) ... that we here highly resolve that this nation, under God" (if God still guides our collective conscience despite all the political correctness) and that government of the people, by the people and for the people" (not of the politicians, by those in authority and for the greedy) "shall not perish from the earth."

Lincoln's speech was compassionate, short on rhetoric and long on healing. He saw a nation torn asunder, in desperate need of being knitted back together. He looked beyond politics. His concern was the people, not his legacy. As is evident, if you govern well, your heritage follows.

What better gift this Christmas season could we receive than that of this government, united in the common pursuit of sensible health care, a balanced economy and excellent education.

GABE LYONS, Richland

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