Why We Reject Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Southern Nationalist Network
November 26, 2013


In recent days the US media has celebrated the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speech. Given at the height of the United States’ war against the independent South in 1863, the Gettysburg Address managed in very few words to summarise a view of the Union and US history which has since become dominant. It asserted, for example, that the USA is a proposition-nation based on the idea of universal equality. In other words, as US President George W Bush said in his 2001 inaugural address:

America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds.

This same concept of the USA as a proposition-nation was reiterated more recently by US President Barack Obama in his 2013 inaugural address:

What binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us America – is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal….”

Lincoln’s speech at Gettysburg expanded on the Enlightenment-influenced declaration put forth by Thomas Jefferson in 1776. Since then that concept has been carried to its natural conclusion with the government acting to break up of homogeneous communities, force integration of schools and businesses, the import countless millions of people from the Third World and most recently enact homosexual marriage. As French New Right intellectual Guillaume Faye writes in his book Archeofuturism, the discourse of the status quo and even the radical Left in the propositional society of the present ‘is limited to the same old lament: “Let us proceed further along the path of egalitarianism.”‘

Aside from Lincoln’s rejection of traditional society and blood and soil nationhood, the other important aspect of his address was his opposition to self-determination. This was a reversal of Lincoln’s previously stated support for the right of secession which he enunciated on the floor of the House of Representatives in 1847:

Any people, anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right, a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world.

Those words from Lincoln in 1847 closely mirror the idea put forth by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. As Jefferson wrote:

[W]henever any form of government becomes destructive of the ends for which it was established, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government….

Rather than argue against the right of self-determination Lincoln chose to portray his government’s war against the seceded Southern States as a ‘a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.’ Of course, ‘that nation’ that he refers to here is one which is ‘dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.’ In other words, once a proposition-nation is created, if any region attempts to secede from it then they are necessarily attempting to destroy the proposition-nation. Lincoln asserted that Southern secession would destroy republican government and egalitarian society in the North; without the South the North would not be able to carry on its experiment. However, Southern secession actually meant that the Northern States at last no longer had the South to vote against policies that most Northerners had long supported on a variety of fronts. Instead of Southern secession destroying the US project in the North it actually sped it up and intensified it.


Recently, popular Charleston, SC radio personality Rocky D used part of his program to blast the Gettysburg Address in his own style. With ‘Dixie’ softly playing the background Rocky D went through the words of Lincoln’s address word by word and pointed out many of the flaws with the famous speech. Rocky D makes several of the points mentioned here. He does, unfortunately, attempt to portray Lincoln as someone who hated Blacks and wanted to deport them. This is much like arguing that because Lincoln supported secession in 1847 he also supported it in 1863. In actuality Lincoln’s government took no action to mass deport Blacks from the United States or the conquered Southern States in the 1860s. Rather, it focused on giving freed Black slaves political power in the South and destroying the South as a power bloc that could ever obstruct Northern interests in the future. Aside from this, Rocky D’s ‘rant’ (as he calls it) is excellent. And his final remarks make it definitely worth a listen. As he says, you won’t hear anything like this elsewhere on the radio.