- - Wednesday, November 6, 2013

President Obama will not be attending the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address — most likely for the simple reason that the conclusion of Lincoln’s famed speech offends him: ” … 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.” (“Obama diss: President snubs historic Gettysburg 150th anniversary ceremony,” Web, Oct. 31)

Mr. Obama has never championed such a government. Rather, he has said that “individual actions, individual dreams, are not sufficient. We must unite in collective action, build collective institutions and organizations.”

Lincoln championed the freedom of the people. With supreme irony, Mr. Obama seeks subordination of personal freedom in favor of impersonal institutions. Americans might not work the fields with the visible brutality of the slavery which Lincoln opposed, but the virtual slavery Mr. Obama seeks is no less real. In his scenario, workers are stripped of their money, which is given to those who labor not. The only way to be free of that burden is to become a ward of the state and the recipient of its redistributed wealth. Instead of being a wage slave, you can then become a government dependent.

But like any dog, your place at the master’s table is always up for grabs. Don’t forget the millions of Chihuahuas in the next yard over.

JAMES BEAUCHAMP

Waldorf, Md.