It is thought by many, and said by some, that this republic has already seen its best days; that the historian may now write the story of its decline and fall. Two classes of men are just now especially afflicted with such forebodings. The first are those who are croakers by nature. The men who have a taste for funerals, and especially national funerals. They never see the bright side of anything, and probably never will. Like the raven in the lines of Edgar A. Poe, they have learned two words, and those are, ‘never more’. They usually begin by telling us what we never shall see.
Frederick Douglass, December 7, 1869
Something for the weekend. This rendition of Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA seems very appropriate as a new administration begins. We Americans are a tough and resilient people, something our adversaries frequently forget and something we too also fail to sometimes remember.