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A Second New Birth – perfecting our union as one people by Guest Blogger Gil Berger

A Second New Birth – perfecting our union as one people.

It was the intent of our Nation’s Founders in the years following the American Colonial Revolution to “form” a more “perfect union.” Although the union at the time of its first birth was not perfect, the establishment of a constitutional, democratic-republic was a great start. They gave “we the people” the tools to be able to perfect and keep perfecting the Nation as we moved forward in time. Not all has gone well during the past 229 plus years in this process to keep perfecting our union. A need and a challenge to not just perfect the union of governments under a federal construction, but to perfect a union as a united people still remains to be done.

Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg 1863 envisioned this Country having a “new birth of freedom.” I believe he was thinking of the cause that became the War’s agenda to free the enslaved people who had been bound for several centuries in this hemisphere. It was an enslavement that existed both before our Nation’s (first) birth and which remained and became its “peculiar institution” during its tenure – a stain and sin on this Nation. What Lincoln could have foreseeably hoped for leading up to the end of the Civil War was a season of time after its end where we as a people could heal the wounds of conflict as well as those conditions of the heart and soul that separated two cultures and races. A season whose terms would be conditioned on “malice toward none with charity for all” – appears to have been missed. Certainly there was “reconstruction” but was there ever any “reconciliation:” a perfecting of the union of a divided people? I would suggest it is not too late to reconcile. A reconciliation that in light of recent events in our Country and more close to home for me in Virginia, can’t be ignored. We as a country can still enter the “promised land” of reconciliation to enjoy the fruits thereof. Our Nation squandered a chance to move quickly to resolve the differences that separated us on the level playing field of the self-evident truths of being created equal. Well over a hundred years of struggle for equality and discrimination has left many scars and fears between us. I hope and do pray that we can fully realize a second new birth; that we strive together corporately and individually on both sides of division to fully integrate our hearts toward respecting and not denying the rights of each other to enjoy as each shall claim their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So that we have and keep a united people enjoying the blessing of liberty for ourselves and more importantly to our posterity.

Gil Berger

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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