Gettysburg Madness

Four score and seven weeks ago our state legislature brought forth on this commonwealth, a new casino, conceived in Harrisburg, and dedicated to the proposition that all money is created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great culture war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so moralistic and so hypocritical, 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 den of sin for those who usually travel to Delaware and New Jersey instead of spending their money here. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this so that property taxes can thus be lowered.

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"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."
--Abraham Lincoln