“If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher”

“Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step over the ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! — All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a Thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation
of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

— Abraham Lincoln
(1809-1865) 16th US President
Source: January 27, 1838, address before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, IL

[Importing headloppers probably doesn’t help.]

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