Monday, July 14, 2008

The summer with Abe

I think I'll look back upon this summer and recall it being as the one spent with Abe Lincoln. We are in the midst of visiting his home in Springfield, IL and will spend some time in Gettysburg, PA in August.

Reminding/re-learning about the Lincoln-Douglas debates is timely as we are preparing for an election in November. It was a significant act for Barack Obama to announce his candidacy in Springfield, IL. A poster highlighting a re-enactment of the debates this summer has this quote:

Lincoln thought slavery had to be treated as a wrong, and kept from growing. As Lincoln said:

That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles-right and wrong-throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings.