If Lincoln did it . . .

At the height of a corrosive civil war, Lincoln named this as the day for the nation to give thanks. We are as acrimonious now as during that war—divided by a bitter election, opposed in our views about the role of government, the deficit, religion, healthcare, immigration, gender rights, energy and illegal drugs. Outside our country, earth’s larger problems loom: climate change, wars and the threat of fiscal collapse.

In the midst of these contradictions, we offer profound gratitude.

Quoting Leonard Pitts:

“Giving thanks is always a good idea because it reminds us that there is in us a need—and an ability—to reconcile disparate pieces, to draw them together as Lincoln did, into a greater whole.”

4 responses »

  1. Does this mean Norma’s reading the Herald now? Can I stop?

  2. Great. Gratitude to you for your reflections and clarity in saying.

    A good thanks-giving to you, your family and friends.

    Marylyn Motherbear

  3. This is the second message about this day. The entire Lincoln speech was sent to me by a friend. We are so blessed to be in this country, and there is so much to be thankful for.


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