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Today is President’s Day.  And, while I am somewhat hesitant to write two posts on holidays in a row, here we are.

As I’ve been wracking my brain on something to write about this morning, it occurred to me that this holiday is one we often just overlook.  Many of us in the private sector don’t even notice a holiday has occurred, and those that do just think of it as a free long weekend during the long march to Memorial Day.

But, in these times I think that perhaps a reflection on the two men who’s birthdays this is truly a celebration of, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, might be in order. 

I truly believe we live in the greatest country in the world.  The United States is one of the few places in the world where it is really possible for a man to accomplish anything he puts his mind to.  And this nation was built by men of character and vision, men who were not afraid to look tyranny in the eye and say “ENOUGH!”

In recent times, we have become a nation set against itself.  The line that has divided us one from another for decades is quickly becoming a gaping chasm with the ideological war that is beginning.  There are too many people raging at each other and too few working to find common ground.  Ideology has become the new tyrant in this nation, and whether Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative we are all beginning to fall into that trap.

Lincoln once said: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”  In those days he was referring to the growing tension that would eventually lead to the Civil War.  But, I see the same thing today.  I see a house quickly becoming divided against itself.   Are we to simply accept that the inevitable consequence of this is a bloody and protracted civil war?  Or, do we recognize the warning signs of impending crisis and stop leaning wholly on ideology.  We need to come back to the principles on which this great nation was founded.

I truly believe we need to remember Washington and Lincoln this year.  We need to remember the wars they fought to build this country.  We need to remember the unflinching stand they took against the tyranny of one man against another.  We need to recognize that the ideological struggle that is happening today is just a different side of that same coin, and do something about it before this house no longer stands.


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