“With malice toward none. . . “

Abraham Lincoln, February 12, 1809—April 15, 1865

“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” (Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address)

Abraham Lincoln understood politics, hatred, division, and death. He also understood compassion and true freedom. His vision of a nation united and working together in “a new birth of freedom” has not yet been achieved. We Americans and our representatives in government must—before we have torn ourselves apart—figure out how to conduct our business by his words, “WITH MALICE TOWARD NONE, WITH CHARITY FOR ALL.”

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