There is no more appropriate time than today, the 153rd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at Soldier’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to share the enduring message of our country’s values that Lincoln summarized in the opening and closing of his historical two-minute speech:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal…
… 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.
Lincoln’s message was expressed peacefully and respectfully last night by Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Thomas Jefferson’s Vice President Aaron Burr in Hamilton, to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who left the theater during Dixon’s address. The President-elect described the incident as harassment and demanded an apology from the cast for respectfully asking that the new administration represent all of the people as Lincoln put forth in our nation’s guiding principles and values.