Mount Rushmore Musings – Part 5
“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 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, November 1863
A government of the people, by the people, for the people; a novel concept I feel we lost sight of a long time ago. A concept many gave their lives to create so we could live in a country of freedom.
Do you think those who fought with such devotion would feel good about our systems of freedom and our government today?
Politics aside, do you feel we are a government of the people, for the people by the people? Does our government represent the average citizen of this country? Do they truly know, like the families of this country know, what day-to-day life is filled with?
“A people without a vision perish” and it doesn’t take much to realize as a country we don’t seem to have a vision anymore of who we are and where we came from let alone where we are going and why.
The leadership crisis has been real for a long time, no one denies that. Some blame our education system, others blame the government’s dependency programs, and others blame the fact that families no longer spend time together. I wonder if it’s because we no longer have a vision, as a people, that compels us to think beyond me, me, me, and me, right now.
This is the last of my musings from Mount Rushmore. I hope it has you asking questions as I am about our country and what it will take to become a country with a vision again.