With the Republican National Convention underway, a quote from a famous Republican is apropos for Wednesday Words to Remember.
I wonder if Abraham Lincoln was speaking of the freedoms and privileges we enjoy in America that many in the world still do not.
Liberty to vote for our leaders. To transfer power without war. To worship as we choose. To bear arms. To own property, pursue education, and start businesses.
When Lincoln was alive, liberty had not been fully realized by all Americans. Was he thinking of the great trial of his presidency, the Civil War?
Did he believe that preserving the Union meant the freedom of all Americans would be one day be realized and spread to other countries? It would appear that was the hope of his dream.
There’s another possibility.
A Hope that transcends personal and political freedom. I wonder if this Hope was also what Lincoln dreamed for America and for the world.
Why did Abraham Lincoln say this? Can America be the “last best hope of the earth” again?