FROM: My great friend from Belmont Abbey College and SPE brother John Maguire:
I ran across this piece that was part of a speech Lincoln gave in 1858.
He was talking to the senate.
Luis I think it's got some great quotes for you (I am your speech writer don't forget) but I also think that it it's completely absent in many people's thinking today.
It happens that we meet together once every year, sometime about the 4th of July. . . . We run our memory back over the pages of history [to 1776]. We find a race of men living in that day whom we claim as our fathers and grandfathers. They were iron men. They fought for the principle that they were contending for; and we understand that by what they then did, it has followed that the degree of prosperity that we now enjoy has come to us. We hold this annual celebration to remind ourselves of all the good done, of how it was done and who did it, and how we are historically connected with it. . . .
We have [among us immigrants] who are not descendants at all of these men. . . If they look back through this history to trace their connection with those days by blood, they find they have none. . . . But when they look through that old Declaration of Independence, they find that those old men say that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” And then they feel that that moral sentiment taught in that day evidences their relation to those men, that it is the father of all moral principle in them, and that they have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that Declaration. And so they are. That is the electric cord in that Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together, that will link those patriotic hearts as long as the love of freedom exists in the minds of men throughout the world.
In the final analysis, your attitude determines your effectiveness in everything, every time! LGL www.LuisLobo.Biz