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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Lincoln offers guide for today's divide

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Nov. 20, 2013 at 5:20 a.m.


With so much disdain for the current political antics and ethics, a majority of Americans are showing their disapproval for elected officials in the lowest government satisfaction rating since Gallup started polling the American people in 1971. Only 18 percent of people are satisfied with our nation's governance. We are hitting a turning point in which something must change.

It is relevant that 150 years ago this week, our nation was facing another significant turning point. The Battle of Gettysburg showed the people that there was hope and that fighting for what is right and decent will always triumph in the end.

Lincoln's address that fateful day - on one of the bloodiest battlefields ever seen by this nation - has become a symbol for what this country should strive for, what we fought so hard to achieve. We must work together to repair this nation, to set aside our individual differences and work toward rebuilding a government torn apart by party lines, personal egos and rhetoric.

Lincoln, in his modesty, may have thought "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here," but in reality, he created a legacy that serves as a guiding light so we may continuously strive toward "the great task remaining before us." It reminds us that we are never finished protecting the noble truths upon which this country was built. We, the people of this nation, must continue to mindfully guide the leaders of our country to stand above self and prevent this most powerful form of government from perishing from the earth.

We encourage everyone, from 4 to 104, to read the short 272 words of the Gettysburg address on this significant anniversary and take note that it is our responsibility to take increased devotion to those basic values of humanity: humility, honesty and decency.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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