“As a nation of freemen…”

All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa . . . , 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

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2 Responses to “As a nation of freemen…”

  1. Marcus says:

    I like the quote. Where and how did you come upon it?

  2. sammy says:

    I do not remember when I first read Lincoln’s Address to the Young Men’s Lyceum, the speech that quote comes from. Probably, I was in my teens. It is a wonderful speech. I was recently reminded of it by a post on RedState.com as regards the current political situation.

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