One hundred and fifty years ago, the Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the American Civil War, sometimes referred to as the “War Between the States” in July of 1863. It lasted three days and 50,000 casualties [killed, wounded, or missing] littered the Pennsylvania countryside, now a national park, wearing the Blue or Grey uniform that marked the Union and Confederate troops. Of the 3,900 buried there, about 25% of the dead were unknown.
General Robert E. Lee had planned to win the battle to force the North to give up the war who had just defeated the Union army at the Battle of Chancellorsville in the months between May and June of 1863. It was a victory over a larger force, but it was also a tragedy because he lost his best officer, General Stonewall Jackson who was accidentally fired upon by his own troops and died of pneumonia, weakened by his wounds. The initial goal was to acquire badly needed supplies from the rich farming districts of Pennsylvania; but the goal was to send the Union forces into retreat and force peace through threats of invading the Northern states. Thus, the Battle of Gettysburg marked the bloodiest battle of the war and a decisive moment in the war between the states.
On the first day of battle, General Lee had been ill and some of his subordinates were new and inexperienced. Lee’s valued cavalry officer, J.E.B. Stuart, provided a fast-moving and flanking force; helping the Confederates to control the battlefield on that first day. However, General Ewell had not secured a key piece of terrain, so on the second day the Confederates were unable to break the Union position, which also strengthened the Union’s hold.
Against the advice of the Confederate’s best corps commander, General Longstreet, a veteran of the Mexican-American War, General Lee launched a massive frontal assault against the center of the Union line with hopes to break it. The assault became known as Pickett’s Charge, and was repulsed, but also resulted in heavy Confederate casualties; which prompted General Lee to order a retreat on the evening of July 4th. The battle began with 70,000 Confederate troops of the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee; and 94,000 troops of the Federal Army of the Potomac, commanded by Major General George G. Meade. Those numbers do not include civilian teamsters, servants, slaves, and other camp followers. It is estimated there were 2,500 civilians in the battle area. One civilian, John Burns, joined Federal troops during the battle. Comparison of organization and strength can be found HERE.
CASUALTIES: Union – 3,155 killed, 14,351 wounded, 5,369 missing, with a total of 23,055 casualties. Confederate – 7,863 killed, 27,224 wounded, 11,199 missing, with a total of 46,286 casualties. While the battle raged around the civilian community, only one civilian was killed during the Battle of Gettysburg: Jennie Wade, struck by a stray shot while caring for a sick relative indoors.
Gettysburg was a small crossroads town in southern Pennsylvania, about 8 miles from the Maryland state border. It was also the end of the railroad line from Hanover to the east, wrecked by Confederate troops.
Four and one half months later, President Abraham Lincoln would deliver the famous Gettysburg Address in dedication to the Soldiers National Cemetery on November 19th, 1863. Before Lincoln delivered his address, the main speaker, Edward Everett, delivered a speech that lasted two hours. A hymn was sung and the President Lincoln was introduced to provide “a few remarks”. Indeed, they were very few compared to the previous speaker, it was ten sentences long and took two minutes – but more remembered than the two-hour speech. In an interesting historical note, no photographs were taken of Lincoln delivering his speech because the photographers had been surprised by his quick finish. Newspapers reported that there was no thundering applause, being thin and scattered, most likely because of the profound effect of Lincoln’s short speech and the solemnity of the occasion. Today, those ten sentences are immortalized on a monument at the National Cemetery at Gettysburg.
As we approach the 237th anniversary, known as Independence Day [July 4th], our nation remains divided and We the People have allowed the government to enslave the populace. Unlike the chains before the end of slavery in the United States, the chains are invisible, but are chains nonetheless. Senator Elbert Guillory made a stirring speech that emphasizes this situation that calls for total reform of both traditional parties into being more concerned about constitutional law rather than a power agenda for their respective political entities.
We continue to be a nation divided in the 21st century, a phenomenon that We the People must address, and to whomever it applies – be it organizations, media, elected officials, and/or individual citizens.
Racism and national divide cannot be erased unless it is initiated and insisted upon at the level of society, on both sides of the racial divide – without violence and hateful rhetoric for that only perpetuates the problem. We must begin today to advocate a national attitude that all legal citizens have one major and important cohesiveness in that we are American citizens with a proud heritage and a people who once stood tall among the nations of the world in respect to a code of honor and courage, a sense of individualism yet united behind natural laws and those of the Constitution of the United States and its amendments. We have tripped and stumbled during our nation’s course of history, retaining slavery when our established motto was “all men are created equal”. We have corrected that mistake and others like it with the establishment that every citizen of age will have the right to vote, the right of voicing beliefs and exercising peaceful religions and so on. Our founders created constitutional law, whose foundation was based upon natural law provided by a higher order/being whose citizens can choose to believe or not to believe. We must promote unity, but at the same time not allow subversive elements who threaten that unity, our sovereignty, as well as the security and traditions of our nation. Why would We the People allow our nation to turn to a government of tyranny, or system governed by Sharia Law, or the platform of the Communist Manifesto; when our constitutional republic system has/can outlast any of those types of government?
The United States, like any entity or group of individuals, can never obtain the dream of any utopia; however, we certainly can, united as individuals with freedom and liberty, achieve greatness as a nation of people, not a nation of government. Our national symbol is a flag, created with the founding of our nation. It represents the People – not the government, because our government was created and purposelessly established to be a government By and For the People – limited in its powers and scope by the Constitution of the United States that is being ignored more and more after entering the 21st century.
Just as I did for fifteen years, men and women serve our nation of people, not the government, in the various branches of the US Armed Forces. War had been an action that was only advocated when there was no other choice to either defend the United States in the homeland or its interests abroad. However, the practice of those who operate our government, For the People, and By the People, can no longer be allowed to interfere with other nation’s internal affairs unless through a system of diplomacy. Those that operate OUR government should no longer be allowed to provide taxpayer funding to other nation’s tribulations and strife, nor ask our men and women serving in the US Armed Forces to give up their lives and suffer in conflicts concerning other nation’s unless it directly affects our national security and/or any attacks upon the United States and its territories or its embassies and diplomatic entities.
Terrorism, criminal acts of organized religious fascists, should not be tolerated; however, the policy of supporting one fundamental entity pitted against another fundamental entity must end. Examples would be Syria and Egypt. Diplomatically we should encourage nations to at least approach the concept of democracy, although our nation was not conceived or never meant to be anything other than a constitutional republic – for which it must return to that status for the future of our nation. We can best encourage other nations to end their strife and remove tyranny by becoming once again a strong model of what the Founders created.
Lincoln stated, a nation divided against itself cannot stand. President Obama states that Abraham Lincoln is one of his favorite persons in American history; yet follows the doctrine of Saul Alinsky, a socialist-Marxist community organizer. His 2008 campaign promised unity in America, but has only further divided it in several ways that includes racism.
The tragedy of this is that Mr. Obama represents the first President of the United States of African descent who refuses to address the serious problems within his administration and by so doing marks himself as the instigator of rampant corruption and destruction of the infrastructure of what little is left of what was supposed to be a constitutional government. He did not initiate this destruction of our constitutional government, but has accelerated it. It is not whether a president is black, white, religious or not, male or female – it is the character of who we elect, and we cannot expect to get constitutionalists and men/women of good character when society does not promote such a value. Reformation must being within society – We the People, united under one flag, one language, and respect and support of the Constitution of the United States.
The real beginning of financial problems and beginning of government tyranny occurred when Woodrow Wilson was president, who allowed the banking elites to take over the monetary system whose governance was constitutional left to the responsibility of Congress – the Federal Reserve system. It is one of the primary reasons why Americans today are experiencing a new form of slavery.
It is a major violation of constitution law just as the direct income tax system established also during the Wilson administration, as G. Edward Griffin explains in the next video …
Is it no wonder that people can only get less than 1/2 cent interest for a savings account, an insult to any one entrusting their money to any bank [interest is higher at credit unions] – and major reason Americans are the least savers of any other nation. In this analysis, those in government have sold We the People out over cartels of various sorts, who are globalists who support a world government of totalitarianism.
As we remember our history and the events that formed and maintained our United States this Fourth of July, let us resolve to once and for all to insist that those we elect, to reestablish our constitutional republic. Instead of chastising constitutionalists like Ron Paul, we should be hailing his wisdom and center upon the truth of the philosophy, a complete opposite of how the corrupt media entities have chosen not to be the eyes and ears of the people; but instead the tool of political power, whose agenda is total control. Dr. Paul may have retired from Congress from fatigue of fighting political machines in the decades of his service in Congress – but he is not a voice that has faded in the political wilderness.
To save our republic, We the People must act and resolve to persevere against those whose agenda is otherwise, and to encourage Americans to start thinking for themselves, knowing what is in the Constitution and what the Founders created – all by educating themselves through the local library and the wonderful information source of the Internet. It is clear, since the federal government has taken over our educational system, that we cannot rely upon their doctrine of indoctrination. For some Americans it may be too late to help them see the truth, but the rest of us must not, cannot, surrender the principles established by our Founders and the constitutional law that resulted.
The United States is no longer the “greatest nation” – but it can be, but can only happen by the will and actions of We the People, ensuring that those we elect as a majority reform and keep it that way – the only true path is back to being a constitutional republic.
Save the Republic – return the rights and liberties that belong to ALL American legal citizens. Make this nation a nation of rule of law, not rule of men or the mob or uninvited people who break our laws and expect benefits reserved for citizens and amnesty.
Only YOU as an individual can initiate it, and only WE as “We the People” can make it happen.
Remember this and make a personal vow to make America great and a role model once again for all nations to follow this Independence Day, July 4th, 2013.
Added Note: brain-dead Nancy Pelosi of the “let’s pass the bill and then see what it says” congressional idiot comes up with another “profound” statement: We should celebrate Obamacare on July 4th.
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. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. 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.
We may forget those battles and the battle of Gettysburg, but Lincoln’s address will long be remembered.