(Dr. Guy McClung delivered the San Antonio Address version of this document to the San Antonio City Council during public open session on June 17th, 2015)
The 1857 Supreme Court Dred Scott decision held that Dred Scott, his wife, and their unborn child were not human beings, but were property to be bought and sold. Ironically Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Democrat, born on a tobacco slave plantation, former slave owner, who handed down the Dred Scott decision, was also a Roman Catholic. The Democratic Party supported the decision. Abraham Lincoln, the Republican Party, and the U.S. Congress not only defied Taney and the Supreme Court, they refused to obey the decision. And then we had a Civil War over this. In the summer of 1863 in the costliest of battles in terms of loss of life, over 50,000 soldiers from both sides died at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In America today the number of dead children here exceeds the number of dead at Gettysburg by millions. In the Fall of 1863 President Lincoln went to dedicate a cemetery to the dead soldiers. The words he spoke there have become known as the “Gettysburg Address.” Here is The American Address.
The America Address
Almost a dozen score years ago our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men, women, and children are created equal, and founded on the principle that they are all endowed by their Creator with the inalienable right to life. These men declared this “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” a reliance that is now again our bulwark, our shield, and our strength.
Now we are engaged in a great civil conflict, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are have met at great bloody arenas of that conflict at the death dealers’ killing fields of Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses, with their final solutions for unborn children and their mothers. We have come to dedicate the final resting places of millions of innocent children across America; to dedicate their unmarked graves, the dumpsters, the toilets, the biological waste incinerators, and the garbage cans that have received their sacred remains. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate , we cannot hallow any ground here in America where they have died and where more will die. The dead children, who struggle, suffer, crying out with silent screams as they pitifully try to avoid death, and who die here in agony have consecrated it and will consecrate 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 that they have been and will continue to be killed here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which the children who die here have thus far so nobly advanced, the work they have begun in their small way, dying with their tiny voices unheard by their killers. But we hear them.
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead children we take increased devotion to that cause for which they give the last full measure of devotion, that we here insure that no more children’s lives are taken in this country whose founding pro-life Declaration declared their right to life.
That we here highly resolve that these dead children, and all the dead children of America shall not die in vain in this Abortion Holocaust– that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, including all the people, even the smallest people now warm and happy within their mothers’ wombs, that this nation, these people, and these children shall not perish from the earth.