Thursday, February 12, 2009

Finish The Work

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

Sully has some thoughts on Lincoln and warfare.

The ending of Lincoln's second inaugural address would make -- to borrow organizational parlance -- a good vision statement:

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.

The image above is from here. Taken by Alexander Gardner on April 10, 1865, it is considered to be the last photograph of the nation's 16th president.

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