that government: of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
This is the closing line
of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delivered on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863. Now, almost 150 years
past that day, the direction of the government of the United States of America over the past century calls for reflection
on these principles.
Is the government of the United States still “For the People?”
For all of its people? Perhaps it has evolved into a government: of the elite, by the few (who vote), for the rich.
Maybe it is something else. Has the ideal government already perished from Earth? If not, is it happening
now? There are many questions. It is certain, however, that the people of the United States can again make their
government as the founders intended with their involvement and participation.
To educate the citizens of the United States of the right, privilege, and
importance of their participation in government and encourage that participation.