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One Paragraph At The End

Newt Gingrich was paid by the state of Georgia to teach history so he has read more of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address than the last paragraph. The next to last is a dose of reality.

“… Fondly do we hope ~ fervently do we pray ~ that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword as was said three thousand years ago so still it must be said ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.'”

“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.”

Forty-one days later Lincoln was dead from an assassin’s bullet and it was a decade before Federal troops left the South.

January 8, 2022   No Comments