Monday, September 12, 2005

The expiration of four years

In Washington yesterday afternoon, I stopped by the Lincoln monument. Apparently I just missed this nearby event, although I saw workers breaking Clint Black's stage down.

I return to visit Mr. Lincoln in order to read his two speeches engraved on the walls. Although his monument is always crowded, few tourists bother to read his words.

Only one other person read the Second Inaugural Address with me yesterday. But this passage seemed especially relevant on 9/11/05:
Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.

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