15 April, most commonly known as tax day, is the one hundred-fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of America's sixteenth president ... Abraham Lincoln. Less than seventeen months prior to his death, he closed a two-minute speech, now famously known as the Gettysburg Address, with his hope
“… 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.”
Those those words, wrongly attributed to Lincoln, were first written 479 years earlier by John Wycliffe, who stated that
“This Bible is for the government of the people, for the people and by the people.”
Wycliffe’s words came from the prologue to what was probably the earliest translation of the Bible into the English language.
One hundred fifty years ago many people would have recognized the words as having been written by Wycliffe. Today I am confident that very few Americans would know of their true origin. People of recent American generations cannot even attribute the words to the Gettysburg Address.
The crux of the matter is that the intent of those words has been debased, made valueless, and ignored by US government overlords in order to suit their own selfish and socialist tainted ideologies.
'Of the people' has a value of zero. 'For the people', also zero. 'By the people' has been turned into a blatant untruth. Government now owns American citizens lock, stock, and barrel. Thanks to lazy, uninformed American sheep, who vote in total ignorance of the issues and the meaning of their potential impact on us.