15 February 2010

Presidents' Day

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865.

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." Lincoln's Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862.

"No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass."

George Washington
Let's remember, give thanks for their efforts and continue their good work.


Ruth said...

Possibility and frustration linked daily. But we have to keep hoping. Thank you for these good quote reminders.

I hope our leaders can act anew. Wouldn't that be something?

C.M. Jackson said...

hope is just all we have at this point---I think if our leaders start leading rather than posturing we would stand a better chance of moving forward. Enjoy the day.


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