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Malice Toward None

by on May 27, 2010

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

That’s the ending from the second inaugural address of President Lincoln. Read the whole address, it’s shorter than most newspaper articles. Without naming names, consider current politics. With Malice toward none, with charity for all. Current politics could refer to the 1950’s, the 2010’s, or the 2070’s. The result is the same.
With Malice toward none, with charity for all. That is a beautiful, brilliant, hopeful, political doctrine. Is it a doctrine that works? We have, at present, a president that exemplifies this idea, and a national political scene that abhors it.
Choose your path.

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