If we are to have another contest
in the near future of our national existence,
I predict that the dividing line will not be
Mason’s and Dixon’s, but between
patriotism and intelligence on one side, and superstition, ambition, and ignorance
on the other.
Ulysses S. Grant, 1875
No doubt there are numerous great quotations from throughout history that I’ve not seen before, but I continue to be surprised by the prescience of Americans almost 150 years ago. This time it’s Ulysses S. Grant, famed Union general during the Civil War and first president elected to succeed Abraham Lincoln. Yes, Andrew Johnson, Lincoln’s vice president, served out Lincoln’s term, but then Grant was elected for two terms.
This particular quotation was circulating in January of this year, perhaps in response to the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. It’s certainly food for thought, especially since Grant was a Republican. But then, so was Lincoln. My, how things have changed.