Remembering the ‘Gettysburg Address’ on November 19, the day ‘the Mainstream Media died’

by WorldTribune Staff, November 21, 2021

An American newspaper publisher emailed on November 19, after the jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin found Kyle Rittenhouse innocent of all charges. His comment was succinct: “Today marks the beginning of end  of the mainstream media. The axis of evil has finally run out of air.”

On the same day, 158 years earlier, President Abraham Lincoln, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania appealed for the survival of a nation tested by “a great civil war”:

President Abraham Lincoln, (center, seated and hatless) at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1864. / Library of Congress

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon 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 battle-field 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.

—Abraham Lincoln

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