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A timely voice from the past

Our country is deeply and bitterly divided on the most fundamental questions about the relationship between the people and their government.

The debate between the two sides — the left and the right for lack of better terms — has widened and grown hateful and partisan to seemingly unprecedented levels. Now, with the alarming development that nearly all of the national media outlets have become a propaganda machine for the left (both on campaign and in office), the electoral process is being turned into a farcical, empty procedure. Something I read this morning gave me a startling sense of déjà-vu. While running against Stephen Douglas for the Illinois U.S. Senate seat in 1857, Abraham Lincoln was speaking of an earlier time of bitter agitation and division in the country when he said: “In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. A house divided against itself cannot stand … I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.”

Welcome to the new Antebellum.

Randy Richey

Grass Valley

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