Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Historical Context

It suddenly dawned on me... the historical context of this primary race in Indiana.

We've had a record primary turnout for a race between a woman and a man who is half African-American... in a state that was once predominately Klan. This is history. This is real change.

In the 1920s, the state was run - politically, and right out in the open - by Klan politicians. It has long been the seat of the KKK Grand Dragon.

And right now, with strong Obama counties yet to report, and only a 2% difference between the candidates, there is now a very real chance that the man with the African American heritage will win this once solidly Klan state.

And perhaps if this comes to pass... the bogyman 'sheets' that terrified me when I was a child will be banished forever; like a bad dream washed away by sunlight streaming in through the window. A new morning in Indiana.

And maybe someday, no more hatred... no more racism.

Whether Obama wins Indiana now or loses, he has given us a precious gift. And somewhere I think... Abe Lincoln is grinning.

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