Abe Lincoln and Donald Trump

There’s been a overwhelming amount of vitriol in the voice of the people and the media these days. Who would have thought it could ever be this bad about a man who just wants to make America great. Even if Donald Trump just makes it better, wouldn’t that be great?

Abraham Lincoln had a similar problem in his presidency. The Civil War was fought on the battlefields and in the press. At that time the newspapers were also full of descriptions of the feats of a well-known tight rope walker named Blondin.

Lincoln compared his position with that of Blondin in one impressive statement, comparing the hazards that Blondin faced.

Abraham Lincoln put it this way: “Gentleman, I want you to suppose a case for a moment. Suppose that all the property you were worth was in gold, and you had put it in the hands of Blondin, the famous rope-walker, to carry across Niagara Falls on a tight rope. Would you shake the rope while he was passing over it, or keep shouting to him, ‘Blondin, stoop a little more! Go a little faster!’ No, I am sure you would not. You would hold your breath as well as your tongue, and keep your hands off until he was safely over.

“Now, the government is in the same situation. It is carrying an immense weight across a stormy ocean. Untold treasures are in its hands. It is doing the best it can. Don’t badger it! Just keep still, and it will get you safely over.” (As quoted in “You Can Learn to Speak”. 1956, by Royal L. Garff, Ph. D., page 92.)

It seems that few want to give President Trump an even chance to get across his tight rope with our treasure. I wish everyone would step back, and reconsider.

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