Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln!
Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, you wouldn’t know it at my college campus because we’re too busy celebrating Darwin Day. I wish I took pictures, but the lawn was covered in a portable, chronological display dedicated to Darwin.
I’ve included the conclusion to Lincoln’s famous 1858 “A House Divided” speech. True words and grand themes remain still even 150 years later.
“Our cause, then, must be intrusted to, and conducted by, its own undoubted friends — those whose hands are free, whose hearts are in the work — who do care for the result. Two years ago the Republicans of the nation mustered over thirteen hundred thousand strong. We did this under the single impulse of resistance to a common danger, with every external circumstance against us. Of strange, discordant, and even hostile elements, we gathered from the four winds, and formed and fought the battle through, under the constant hot fire of a disciplined, proud and pampered enemy. Did we brave all then, to falter now? –now, when that same enemy is wavering, dissevered and belligerent? The result is not doubtful. We shall not fail — if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise counsels may accelerate, or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come. ‘”