Saturday, August 28, 2010

Inner Banks Philosophy

"There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land;
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand;
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand."

-- Herman Melville, "The Martyr," upon the death of Abraham Lincoln.

This day, August 28th, 2010, we honor those who have proven by their actions that they are worthy of honor. We bestow this honor on others by gathering at the monument to one man that nearly all agree is an American of honor. "With malice toward none, with charity for all..."

Not how our nation is acting right now, is it?

It appears that few on either side can stop the hostility so similar to that which resulted in "iron hand" retribution against the South. It has long been noted that the death of Lincoln changed the course of our nation. Many have wondered what might have happened if the forgiving nature of Lincoln had guided our nation in the aftermath of that horrible conflict.

I cannot help but wonder if the hate being spewed by the media at anyone who does not embrace Obama is not part and parcel of that inability to forgive anyone who disagrees with the 'ruling class'. Why must humans in power always seek someone to blame? The current confrontation comes from the same disagreement, the way in which some view the flaw of slavery. It appears that all of America is now being punished for that minority of Americans who accepted slavery. A heart that cannot forgive is an evil heart. Will we ever come together as Lincoln dreamed?

God Bless America... pray for her.


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