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January 1, 2009

Happy New Year Message

Some well-known words from Abraham Lincoln, delivered to Congress in December 1862, have been cited often in the past few months. They are worth citing once more on this day: "The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country."

Lincoln added in that speech: "Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history." That's as true now as it was in the much darker year of 1862. The imperative to act wisely and well is just as urgent.

Oh, and while we're at it, happy New Year.
—Washington Post editorial. January 1, 2009

Source: Washington Post online The New Year: There is good reason for trepidation, but also for hope. published January 1, 2009. Accessed January 1, 2009.

Posted by niganit at January 1, 2009 11:59 AM
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