Gettysburg address: consultants might have changed it

Greetings from the Ridge.

It’s already begun. . .the season of campaigning as November approaches and we are bombarded by ads of char- acter assassination instead of substance. We’re headed toward another of year of electing people on the basis of what we dislike about their opponent with little real knowledge of what our candidate stands for. It makes one wonder what it would have been like if all politicians were slaves to their donors and political consultants intent on ignoring principles and embracing emptiness.

“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.”

(Memo from Gettysburg Consulting Firm: Abe, what say we draw back a little on this? Remember: every speech you give is a campaign speech. “A new nation?” . . .there goes the Native American vote plus all the voters of Norse heritage who still have a thing for Leif Ericson. As to the “created equal” bit, you need to keep the red states in mind. Naming only “men” might play well with the ultra- conservative evangelicals but you’ve got to remember that there are more women voters than men. And while we’re at it, what’s with the “Four score and seven” routine? You end up sounding like one of those liberal coastal elites. Just say 92, or whatever that means.) &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>


“Jesus did not simply die to save us from our sins; Jesus lived to save us from our sins. His life and teaching show us the way to liberation.” (Rachel Held Evans, Inspired, p. 155)