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Monday, February 21, 2005

A Tribute on President's Day

This day we honor two Presidents who, together, are probably most responsible for the nation we know today. Washington led the charge to freedom and guided the nation in its infancy, setting a standard for all who would follow. Lincoln kept the nation together through sheer force of will and presided over the most challenging chapter in American history. Here, some thoughts in their own words:
If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
-George Washington in his 5th annual address to Congress

It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free Country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective Constitutional Spheres; avoiding in the exercise of the Powers of one department to encroach upon another.
-George Washington in his farewell address

I know that the LORD is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the LORD’S side.
-Abraham Lincoln

The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves—in their separate, and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.
-Abraham Lincoln

What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land. All of them may be turned against our liberties, without making us stronger or weaker for the struggle. Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, every where. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
-Abraham Lincoln

1 Comments:

Blogger Paul said...

Amen, well said.

2:11 PM

 

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