“Stormy Present”

What American president has a better way with words than the immortal Abraham Lincoln? Here are some of his timeless, well-crafted reflections to inspire us right now:

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”

“My dream is of a place and a time when America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

“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.”

“This country with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it.”

“Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.”

“Let the people on both sides keep their self-possession, and just as other clouds have cleared away in due time, so will this, and this great nation shall continue to prosper as before.”

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

“No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.”

“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”

“It is with your aid, as the people, that I think we shall be able to preserve — not the country, for the country will preserve itself, but the institutions of the country — those institutions which have made us free, intelligent and happy — the most free, the most intelligent, and the happiest people on the globe.”

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

May these wise words encourage and inspirit us as we all write on.

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4 Responses to “Stormy Present”

  1. Bing Chang says:

    Make America Indeed Great Again (MAIGA)
    Bing Chang – 11/ /2020

    God’s instrument; His vessel
    God’s will is done; His purpose is fulfilled.

    “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” Abe
    Founding Fathers’ spirit is preserved to the fullest.

    Prized heritage is maintained.
    Safeguarding the Constitution is not in vain.

    Returning to civility, restoring sanity
    Embracing responsibility, protecting morality

    Given the Truth, bringing back the real facts
    In future youths’ minds, planting positive impacts

    “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abe
    May the stormy present be calmed by the Lord’s hand.

    May the unheard voices be heard, the ignored be attended.
    May all minds turn to God’s words, the brokenness be amended.

    To all the hostilities may God put an end.
    Make America indeed great again!

  2. Hi Bing,

    Thank you so much for this beautiful meditation on healing and freedom.
    I always love seeing your work and admire the gift you have for taking a
    moment in history right now and transforming it into poetry. So inspiring!

    Write on,

  3. Hi Bing,

    Thank you so much for your kind words — they mean so much to me! I am so happy we are on this writing journey together and can help and encourage each other! You have so much to say and you say it so well!

    Write on,

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