On November 19th, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln attended the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. As usual, the President economized his words, and the brevity of his address was only surpassed by his eloquence. According to our president, those whose souls had hallowed this ground had given their lives that the nation itself might live. And he entreated the people to dedicate themselves to the great task before them, “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.” A government of, by, and for the people, united “under God”, that’s a compelling idea, a people unified by their faith and their mutual pursuit of liberty and justice for all. That’s a proposition that a man could proudly die for.