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.
“I do not deny the possibility that the people may err in an election,” [Lincoln] conceded in 1861. “But if they do, the true cure is in the next election.”
Lincoln’s Vision of Democracy
At Gettysburg, he chose his words carefully—especially the prepositions, ‘of,’ ‘by’ and ‘for’ the people.
Mr. Guelzo is director of the Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship at Princeton University’s James Madison Program.