Archive for July 4th, 2011

It is not merely for today, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children’s children this great and free government, which we have enjoyed all our lives.  I beg you to remember this, not merely for my sake, but for yours.  I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House.  I am a living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father’s child has.  It is in order that each of you may have through this free government which we have enjoyed, an open field and a fair chance for your industry, enterprise, and intelligence;  that you may all have equal privileges in the race of life, with all its desirable human aspirations.  It is for this the struggle should be maintained.  …The nation is worth fighting for…
    —    Abraham Lincoln
1864 in a speech before the 166th Ohio Regiment
[And so this nation remains – worth fighting for…     —    kmab]

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