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GOVERNMENT OF, BY AND FOR WHO?

In 1384 John Wycliff wrote, in the prologue of his English translation of the Bible: “The Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.” In 1858, famous New England preacher Theodore Parker in his fourth of July sermon put his own spin on Wycliff’s words saying: “Democracy is direct self-government, over all the people, by all the people, for all the people.” Abraham Lincoln adapted and incorporated this into his Gettysburg Address saying, “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."