...Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of
peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow,
the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our
settlements, and the mines, as well as the iron and coal as of our
precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.
Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has
been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country,
rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is
permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out
these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God,
who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly,
reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one
voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my
fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who
are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of
November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent
Father who dwelleth in the heavens.--Freedom Line quoting Heritage (quoting A. Lincoln)
The Source of Abundance is not capitalism, nor socialism, nor any other "ism." That's the lesson here.
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