The cataclysmic events of 2016, and their likely impact on tax, set me in mind of a passage from Lincoln’s address given after the historic battle of Gettysburg. A turning point in the American Civil War, which was fought to make everyone in the country free and against the power of the elite.
Oddly Lincoln enough did not propose a re-run, so a moaning, self-serving minority could grab what they wanted. Nor did he advocate rule by an unelected house of party donors and sharp political operators.
Instead what Lincoln put forward was the novel idea of government of, by and for the people. The ordinary people having a say in how the elite lord over them – what a concept.
Abraham Lincoln’s address as Gettysburg:-
“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 honoured 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.”
Tax Barrister, Accountant