The project is imperfectly realized but it isn’t over yet

The project is imperfectly realized but it isn't over yet

by digby

Abraham Lincoln, July 4, 1861:

"This is essentially a people's contest. On the side of the Union it is a struggle for maintaining in the world that form and substance of government whose leading object is to elevate the condition of men; to lift artificial weights from all shoulders; to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all; to afford all an unfettered start and a fair chance in the race of life"

There has always been a large faction of Americans who really don't sign on to that idea and every once in a while it comes to a head and we have it out. We're at one of those turning points again. There has been progress in fits and starts over time to be sure but there's no guarantee that we will keep moving forward. It's a fight.