Thursday, April 14, 2016

Visions Seen Through the Early Morning Fog

Today is the one hundred and fifty-first anniversary of John Wilkes Booth's firing of the shot that mortally wounded Abraham Lincoln.  On this day, it occurs to me that the candidates currently competing for the opportunity to hold the office that Mr. Lincoln held at the time of his death have yet to engender in me a sense of comfort relative to the ability of any of them to score well on his test.  

Moreover, it also occurs to me that there is more than one of them who ignites a palpable fear within me over the prospect of that individual being the one who shall be elected on the first Tuesday following the first Monday this November to sit for Mr. Lincoln's test.  A palpable fear. 

As you give some thought to your own fear - or lack thereof perhaps - about which of the candidates who are presented for our consideration shall be the one upon whom this nation shall rely to pass Mr. Lincoln's test, consider his prescience in a speech he gave to the Young Man's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois almost one hundred and eighty years ago:

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? 
I answer.  If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us;
It cannot come from abroad.  If destruction be our lot,
We ourselves must be its author and finisher.
As a nation of freemen we must live through time
Or die by suicide. 

-Speech to the Young Man's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois
Abraham Lincoln (January 27, 1838)

Irrespective of your political affiliation, remember this November to vote for the candidate you believe to be most capable of ensuring that this nation of freemen shall continue to live through time. The alternative is unacceptable. 

Furthermore, contrary to what the song might want you to believe, it is most assuredly not painless. 


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