A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. 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. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.
Choices have already been made and we have paid the price. But, Democracy is a living thing. Therefore, it must evolve. And, we must get beyond this plague - this, idiocy - this, megalomania. We ARE better that that. We ARE smarter than that. We ARE more WISE than that. At least most of us are - literally - It's time to show it and STEP UP.