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December 18, 2014

Rick Santorum’s Gettysburg Address

Republican presidential wannabe Rick Santorum is going to Gettysburg! The former Pennsylvania Senator on Tuesday will hold an election night party at the Gettsyburg Hotel, according to the Allentown Morning Call and the York Dispatch.

The hotel is near the site of one of the Civil War’s most notorious battles and one of the most famous speeches in U.S. history, President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

The occasion? Um, the Illinois primary.

Santorum spokesman Matt Beynon told the Dispatch that the campaign wanted to be in Gettysburg for a “symbolic reason” that will be discussed at the event.

So, win or lose Tuesday night, Santorum will rock the nation with another Gettysburg Address delivered by a Republican, right?

Here at HOH, we decided it might be time for a long-awaited Santorum/Lincoln side-by-side comparison, just to get into the spirit of the things! No pressure, Senator!

Here is how Santorum addressed divisions among some Americans about the separation of church and state.

Here’s what Lincoln had to say about Americans’ deep divisions during the Civil War:

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 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.

Ah, brevity.

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