March 1, 2004

"but mostly because it was free..."

He loved his country partly because it was his own country, but mostly because it was a free country; and he burned with a zeal for its advancement, prosperity and glory, because he saw in such, the advancement, prosperity and glory, of human liberty, human right and human nature. He desired the prosperity of his countrymen partly because they were his countrymen, but chiefly to show to the world that free men could be prosperous.
Abraham Lincoln, from a eulogy for Henry Clay
When people talk about patriotism, this is the real McCoy...

Posted by John Weidner at March 1, 2004 9:32 PM
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