Over the last several years, I have repeatedly been asked if things have ever been worse than they are right now. I was asked this while I was still in Congress. I was asked this before the Presidential election. It seems to be a constant concern for American citizens.
As bad as the state of our country seems right now, I believe we have seen darker days. We had a Civil War where thousands of our own people were killed in a short four year period. We literally had a divided nation. Despite the challenges that faced this country at that time, President Lincoln continued to strive for unity and peace.
In his second inaugural address, President Lincoln famously stated, “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.”
Those words are as pertinent today as they were in 1865. Our nation has come a long way since then, but we still have a long way to go and it starts with each of us. If we can all cherish the words of Lincoln and put them into action, we will help this nation become the united country President Lincoln envisioned.