“but that sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world, for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weight would be lifted from the shoulders of all men. This is a sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence”….
But if this country cannot be saved without giving up that principle, … I would rather be assassinated on this spot than surrender it. ”
- from one of Lincoln’s speeches during the campaign trail. 1861.
This is what
“we must live through all time”
(from 1838) is about.
That’s why treatment of non-Americans as less-than-American by Americans is “unAmerican”.
It’s the Golden Rule customized.
Lincoln gave that speech to Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois January 27, 1838.
1838. It goes to show his character even that long beforehand.
we must live through all time