Lincoln Feared the Mob, Not Each American or Half of Us

We must stop being afraid of each other, but must always fear anyone willing to be a member of a mob – of a ravening, thoughtless gang of fools bent on taking ill-considered action for its own sake.

Without reason and consideration, any action is corrosive and ultimately, foolhardy. At our best, we repair what is broken. We help a stranger change a flat tire. We provide food for the filthy, the ignorant, the hopeless and we do it without hesitation.

“At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

– Abraham Lincoln