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Number 091
Courage and Moral Vision-Part 2
June 21, 2003

Dear Friends,

Long story,
but the other day I was at the
University of California
researching some new finds.

Mission accomplished,
I decided to check one last thing
just for fun.

Then Bingo!!

A listing for an unknown book
written by
Frank McGlynn.

You might remember him from a previous email.

He's the fellow from San Francisco
who played Mr. Lincoln in the famous
1919 John Drinkwater play,
Abraham Lincoln.

All well and good,
but the real trick was to find a copy...

So I clicked on the library listings
and sure enough,
UC had a copy.

One of only 4 listed in the whole nation!!

And packed with 335 pages of stories
about his experiences as Mr. Lincoln.

More on this later...

But then a funny thing happened
on the way to the forum.

While searching for the book,
I tripped across the real treasure...

You might recall
on June 3rd President Bush
met with other Middle Eastern Leaders
at the SHARM EL-SHEIKH Summit,
and called for...

"courage and moral vision on every side from every leader."

and said he was...

"committed to helping all the parties"

in the Middle East...

"reach the hard and heroic decisions that will lead to peace."

Click Here To Read Story

Then I said,
"But what he forgot in his
"Road Map for Peace"
was to follow..."

"The Greatest Road in the World"

For it is only through Mr. Lincoln's
example of,
"Courage and Moral Vision"

that we will ever complete
the Journey on this the
"Road to Bigger Things".

And while I gave this as an example...

"Justice is simply the faculty of placing yourself
in the other fellow's place
and doing unto him as you would be done,
by preserving at all times and at all hazards a simple and direct
faith in humankind and respect for the majesty of law
as properly and legally enacted,
and a reverence for those higher ideals and impulses
which constantly need stimulation
sometimes through worry and misfortune."

What I was really looking for was...

It was perfect...

And while the names, places and faces have changed,
the essence remains the same.

Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God;
and each invokes His aid against the other.
It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance
in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces;
but let us judge not that we be not judged.

The prayers of both could not be answered;
that of neither has been answered fully.
The Almighty has his own purposes.
"Woe unto the world because of offences!
for it must needs be that offences come;
but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!"
If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which,
in the providence of God, must needs come,
but which, having continued through His appointed time,
He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South, this terrible war,
as the woe due to those by whom the offence came,
shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes
which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him?

Fondly do we hope--fervently do we pray--
that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.
Yet, if God wills that it continue,
until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years
of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash,
shall be paid by another drawn with the sword,
as was said three thousand years ago,
so still it must be said
"the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether"

With malice toward none; with charity for all;
with firmness in the right,
as God gives us to see the right,
let us strive on to finish the work we are in;
to bind up the nation's wounds;
to care for him who shall have borne the battle,
and for his widow, and his orphan--
to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace,
among ourselves, and with all nations.

For the complete text of Lincoln's
Second Inaugural Address

Click Here

Warmest Regards,

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