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Letter: Ponder Lincoln’s words before casting your vote

Ponder Lincoln’s words before casting your vote

Curiously, although a lifelong Democrat, I find myself in deep mourning for the loss of the party of Abraham Lincoln. Our greatest Republican president guided us through our worst national crisis and set us on a path toward social justice and economic opportunity for all Americans – North and South, black and white. The closing lines of his first inaugural remind us of the words of our pledge of allegiance – “one nation, indivisible.”

He stated: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

We are living in a time when we must look beyond the flawed personalities and policy positions of our two presidential candidates, and tap into “the better angels of our nature.” Forget politics. Ask yourself, “What sort of society do we want?” The social visions of our two candidates are starkly different: one wants to take us backward to a world of bigotry, isolationism and white supremacy; the other, however imperfect, charts a path toward greater social justice and economic opportunity. Forget the candidates for a moment; which vision for America do you embrace? Please ask yourself that question as you head for the polls on Nov. 8.

Peter B. Dow

Buffalo

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