From Digby's Blog this morning:
Obama pointed out that the men building the Capitol wondered whether each workday would be their last, fearing that the metal they were using in the construction would be requisitioned for use in the war. "When President Lincoln was finally told of all the metal being used here, his response was short and clear: 'That is as it should be,' " he said. "The American people needed to be reminded, he believed, that even in a time of war, the work would go on; that even when the nation itself was in doubt, its future was being secured; and that on that distant day, when the guns fell silent, a national Capitol would stand, with a statue of freedom at its peak, as a symbol of unity in a land still mending its divisions."
We may not be on the brink of any civil war, but our nation is clearly deeply divided, perhaps almost as deeply as in 1960 or even 1860. The Republicans have answered the President's open hand with a clenched fist. Our whole economy is about to go down the drain, and it looks like we'll be fighting all the way down.