Better angels of our nature must again prevail
President Abraham Lincoln warned the South in his inaugural address:
“In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you ... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.”
Do you see the great similarity between Lincoln’s problems with the South, and Obama’s problems with the Republicans? Ironically, 152 years later, a white/black man is now fighting to hold the Union in place against the bigotry and fears of half of our nation, and it is again a battle of moral courage and outrage.
Is the matter solely about the health care law? No, like the Civil War was not only about slavery. My great fear, like Lincoln, is that we might be heading for a civil war, if not with cannons and muskets, but with economy, business, women’s rights, the poor and our children’s health. History is there for an example; we should learn from it, and above all, rise above the errors and dismays of the past. We have it in us not to be as blinded by our faults, nor our personal beliefs and creeds, as in the hotheaded days of the battle over slavery.
“…. I am loath to close. 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.”
Dawn M. Anderson