philosophyon-line dating#13

I’ve been disturbed by questions I can’t answer.
I drove through Gettysburg, PA. It is a quaint town in the small, New England’ish genre. However, it is a famous name, unlike many of it’s neighbors.

Because a lot of violence was visited upon it.
And a president made a short, but inspiring speech afterwards.

Here is the ending of that speech:
“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.”

Why would soldiers of the South die for a cause (slavery) that they were not the beneficiaries of?

Is it hypocrisy for the North, who won their freedom by revolting against their current government, declare that others don’t have that same freedom?

Did freedom prevail?

Was that the best way to end slavery in the United States?

Is our government “of the people, by the people, for the people”?

What will men in power do to retain their privilege?

Would you (or I) act differently?

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