"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."
Perhaps hearing that a reunion of Civil War veterans from all 57 states speaking Austrian were about to storm the Lincoln Memorial, Obama Inc. decided to put it under guard.
Because apparently the government shutdown prevents people from visiting a memorial, but not guards from keeping them away.
At Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln said of memorializing the dead, "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."
Has that nation perished from the earth? Not yet. But it certainly is in danger of doing so.