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Commentary: Lincoln looked toward a new birth of freedom under God
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Gather together a few friends today, friends who love words and freedom and American history, and revisit a high peak in our long struggle to move closer to the ideals of the Declaration: The dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery at Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863, 149 years ago Monday.Read President Abraham Lincoln’s address, recite it, listen to its poetry, to Lincoln’s explanation of the war’s purpose: preserving government of, by and for the people. Ponder his use of “... under God” in “... this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”Ponder it, that is, if those words appear in the version you read. Likely they do.