Recent Lincoln Commentaries

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This House Divided
“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it . . . ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect...
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July 4, 2022
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What Kind of Country Do We Want?
What are we doing to one another? What’s happened to our sense of honesty and respect for each other? Why must we tear apart the fabric of our democracy by fear, distrust and anger? We live in a democracy where we are free to express our thoughts, our ideas, and vote for those we trust to lead us forward. “If...
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May 9, 2022
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Why We Are All So Mad
Social division, racial division, political division, economic division, lies, rage, violence. After another mass shooting, California Governor Gavin Newson said, “What the hell is going on in the United States of America? What the hell is wrong with us?” Before all this rage and violence exploded, too many were living lives of quiet desperation – desperate to be heard, desperate...
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May 28, 2021
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Have You No Sense of Decency?
Under a cloud of simmering fear, Senator Joseph McCarthy, absent any real evidence, announced to the American public that communists were working inside the federal government. During 1954’s Senate hearings investigating the Wisconsin Senator’s blatant character assassinations, one exchange was particularly noteworthy. Following McCarthy’s accusation that counsel for the committee, Joseph Welch, placed a member and communist from his own...
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March 2, 2020