Submitted by ub on Mon, 04/17/2023 - 11:47

We’ll need humanity to find unity for our international community of Arabs, Asians, Africans, Caucasians, Hispanics, Hindus…etc.

Our increasing geopolitical tension, along with the destruction of global unity if in fact it ever existed and the deepening of pre-existing inequities along racial, economic and religious lines should give us time to pause and learn from history.

The most intelligent and effective way to address global challenges is together. Perhaps the people of the world must take this moment to rejuvenate our support for measures aimed at funding the rebuilding and restoration of all global institutions. 

"I hold that in contemplation of universal law and of the Constitution the Union of these States is perpetual. Perpetuity is implied, if not expressed, in the fundamental law of all national governments. It is safe to assert that no government proper ever had a provision in its organic law for its own termination. Continue to execute all the express provisions of our National Constitution, and the Union will endure forever, it being impossible to destroy it except by some action not provided for in the instrument itself."

Of those who advocated secession Abe Lincoln asked: "Will you hazard so desperate a step while there is any possibility that any portion of the ills you fly from have no real existence? Will you, while the certain ills you fly to are greater than all the real ones you fly from, will you risk the commission of so fearful a mistake?" Lincoln then reminded them that secession will bring more secession.

"If a minority in such case will secede rather than acquiesce, they make a precedent which in turn will divide and ruin them, for a minority of their own will secede from them whenever a majority refuses to be controlled by such minority.... Plainly the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy."

Lincoln pointed out that those who clamor for secession…

"Physically speaking, we can not separate. We can not remove our respective sections from each other nor build an impassable wall between them. A husband and wife may be divorced and go out of the presence and beyond the reach of each other, but the different parts of our country can not do this. They can not but remain face to face, and intercourse, either amicable or hostile, must continue between them. Is it possible, then, to make that intercourse more advantageous or more satisfactory after separation than before? Can aliens make treaties easier than friends can make laws? Can treaties be more faithfully enforced between aliens than laws can among friends? suppose you go to war, you can not fight always; and when, after much loss on both sides and no gain on either, you cease fighting, the identical old questions, as to terms of intercourse, are again upon you."

A Plea for Unity: Thomas Jefferson’s formula:

"We owe every other sacrifice to ourselves, to our federal brethren, and to the world at large to pursue with temper and perseverance the great experiment which shall prove that man is capable of living in [a] society governing itself by laws self-imposed, and securing to its members the enjoyment of life, liberty, property, and peace; and further, to show that even when the government of its choice shall manifest a tendency to degeneracy, we are not at once to despair, but that the will and the watchfulness of its sounder parts will reform its aberrations, recall it to original and legitimate principles, and restrain it within the rightful limits of self-government."