Tuesday, November 04, 2008

"Angels of Our Better Nature."

There's been a lot of talk about Abraham Lincoln and his presidency circuluating. In the air.

The reasons are obvious.
He was statesman.
He was a leader standing on the cusp of an uncertain future.
He presided after a war that pitted brother against brother.
He attempted to tide the rift of a long fought battle and seemingly insurmountable differences of opinion.
He delivered the United States into a new era.

On this election day. I post the last paragraph of Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address, delivered March 4, 1861...

"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

Lincoln's First Inaugural Address (Top Treasure): American Treasures of the Library of Congress

May it be so.
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