Thursday, August 28, 2008

A House Divided Against Itself

Cannot Stand...

In the spirit of enduing the current political hysteria, I ask that you take a look at the wording of the Speech Abraham Lincoln delivered to the State Republican Convention in Springfield, MO in June 1858.

Here's the opening phrases and the "Money words" best remembered:

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention.

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.

We are now far into the fifth year, since a policy was initiated, with the avowed object, and confident promise, of putting an end to slavery agitation.

Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only, not ceased, but has constantly augmented.

In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed.

"A house divided against itself cannot stand."

With those words in mind, I can't help but wonder what Mr. Lincoln would think of our situation here in his beloved Republic today?

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