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30 Days of Abraham Lincoln – Day 22

The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me. — 1839

My Take – When it’s more important to be true to yourself and to your values than it is to win, it is amazing how often you win precisely because you choose to stick to your values.  I think that’s one of the biggest problems I have with the last few crops of political leadership we have voted for ourselves.  Both parties pick seem to pick candidates that are likely to get elected, but will have to do on-the-job training on how to actually govern the country after the inauguration. Principles are folded, spindled, and mutilated in order to get every possible dollar and endorsement, and the country suffers when an individual who is all things to everyone tries to figure out just what they want to happen. 

In short, I would rather that my party or my leadership drew very stark lines in the sand, refused to move them, and went down in flames than for them to go along to get along and lead us further down the road to ruin.


1 Comment

  1. You’re right. Both parties hold a search for electable candidates, then choose what they hope is the right one. The thought being that when their man gets elected he can sit back, relax and take orders while the big people make all the real decisions. In practice it sort of works because they want to be re-elected and mostly doesn’t because the big people concentrate on making themselves richer, not on making the United States a better place to live.


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