"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
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." - Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863
When I was growing up my gramma told me to "always remember that the Civil War was fought over state rights, and not slavery". The more research I do on US bank history ,the more I believe what gramma said.
When Abraham Lincoln won it was already assumed that a war would break out. State rights were tested when southern states begin seceding from the union one state at a time and declaring they had the right to do so. The Federal Government said that federal law trumped states' rights where remaining in the union was concerned.
The South seceded over states' rights. Confederate states did claim the right to secede.
In order to understand what brought us to the day of "Banks to Big to Fail," we as Americans, and people worldwide, must seek the wisdom passed down through the years.
Greed has always held the potential to tear down, what honorable men and women suffered long to build. What is taking place worldwide ,and has been accepted by many as being a part of progress, and advancing forward, is nothing more than a ' falling into the pit-holes dug by the deranged part of every country on the planet.
Over the years, each 'new generation,' from birth, were taught only what those in authority wanted the off-spring of that generation to grow up believing. And in innocence pass on to future generations.
I am an American of the 'melting-pot' kind. I was raised in a time when public schools systems existed to teach children to believe that the poorest could reach their "American dream." The children of my time were taught that 'evil' will always seek out its kind, and, if given the chance, would tear down/destroy everything my own 'pioneering' family helped to crave out of swamp, and pass on to 'us' their American offspring.