Wednesday, April 13, 2011

'We cannot escape history'

Abraham Lincoln, Message to Congress, 1862: "Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation. ... We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth." Lincoln, of course, was referring to the preservation of the Union during the Civil War. The problems we face today pale in comparison. Yet, as we grope for fiscal solutions and political sanity in a "house" still "divided against itself," Lincoln's words remain hauntingly prescient.

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