A Conversation with George and Abe

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois

America, we seem dreadfully divided as we stand a mere eight months from our next presidential election.

Diametrically opposed points-of-view. Mudslinging. General upset, occupation, and malaise.

It’s disconcerting, but aren’t we tougher than all that? Aren’t we kinder, gentler, smarter, and more mature?

Flawed? Yes. Fiery? Call it passion. Scandalous? Afraid so. Folks, we’ve been here before.

History reminds us our most esteemed leaders and citizens struggled through years of division and turbulence more tumultuous than this round.

Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

If only the greats could advise us now. Maybe they could add some perspective to our conservative versus liberal, red state against blue state conundrum.

“They are feisty,” George Washington might say, “but they are free.”

“Free and outspoken,” Abraham Lincoln might say with a chuckle.

“The revolution for independence was not in vain,” Washington might say. “They have not succumbed to a king.”

“Neither was the war between the states in vain, ” Lincoln might say. “They hold together. The Union remains.”

Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Liberty and union. What a concept.

Thank you, gentlemen, for your enduring service to our great nation and for setting the bar oh so high.

Happy Presidents’ Day, George and Abe.

He controls the course of world events; He removes kings and sets up other kings.
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.
Daniel 2:21 NLT

Grab the tissues and watch this. Filmed only ten short years ago, Congress spontaneously sings God Bless America on Capitol Hill.

The photos in this post were taken during our family’s road trip last summer. It was our pleasure and privilege to visit these historic destinations, and we highly recommend them to you. Click on the photos to be linked to more information about each location.

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10 Responses to A Conversation with George and Abe

  1. We need civil discourse to heal. No one wants to be lectured to. No one wants to be preached to. We all want to be heard. Great post. Thank you.

  2. E Pluribus Unum comes to mind (I hope I spelled it correctly). Out of many..one. We need to have differing points of view (no one likes a yes man), for iron sharpens iron. Just my opinion.

  3. Lovely. Just lovely. Thank you for making me feel good about politics again.

  4. Here in the NYC area, we haven’t forgotten. I doubt we ever will. I am concerned about the US Constitution, however. If it could speak, I wonder what it’s thoughts would be about our last ten years of politics.

    Thought-provoking post as always. Thanks, Aimee.

  5. Please forgive my grammatical error. My comment should have read, “…I wonder what its thoughts would be…”