Recently, we were celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln. This short speech is viewed by many around the world as perhaps the most powerful and eloquent ever delivered in the English language.
As part of the PBS program commemorating the event, a historian noted that
In going back to the time and wording of the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln, in effect, was calling the nation back to its real roots. To whatever extent, our reference to the Constitution and subsequent political actions function as an excuse to deny that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, to that extent we have forsaken what makes us a great nation and what Lincoln so majestically called to our collective attention on that hallowed day 150 years ago.