Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What I Learned from This Election

Once in a while, America is capable of taking a quantum leap forward toward fulfilling the promise of its founding. Sometimes, America surprises with a massive gesture toward goodness and decency and deeper fellow-feeling. Sometimes, the poetic words of our greatest President seem to re-echo in the American soul—
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

1 comment:

Jim H. said...

I can't remember a time when I was moved to tears just reading an acceptance speech in the morning paper. An inspiring day.

And I don't think using a Lincoln quote is a stretch -- our need for healing is deep. Here's hoping....

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