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We can succeed only by concert… We must disenthrall ourselves.

Is it doubted, then, that the plan I propose, if adopted, would shorten the war, and thus lessen its expenditure of money and of blood?

Is it doubted that it would restore the national authority and national prosperity, and perpetuate both indefinitely?

Is it doubted that we here–Congress and Executive–can secure its adoption? Will not the good people respond to a united, and earnest appeal from us?

Can we, can they, by any other means, so certainly, or so speedily, assure these vital objects?

We can succeed only by concert.

It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?”

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

Abraham Lincoln’s Annual Message to Congress — Concluding Remarks Washington, D.C.December 1, 1862

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  • rabbit tobacco March 18, 2020, 2:09 PM

    My people voted for Jefferson Davis….enuff said.

  • Quent March 20, 2020, 6:09 AM

    The Great Bloviator is the model for all subsequent politicians.

  • jwm March 20, 2020, 6:24 AM

    I do not fear the virus as much as I do the concerted effort by the television networks, and newspapers to sow doubt, and discord, and to undermine every effort that the President is making. This can lead only to chaos. They are playing with fire in a barn full of straw. Will they be happy to see riots in the streets? Martial law? A body count that dwarfs anything brought on by the covid virus? I believe they either do not care what the results of their campaign of lies and slander produce, or that they hope to see the dreadful stuff I just mentioned. In any case what the media is doing is Evil, with a capital E. Damn them to hell.

    JWM

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