Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Leah Williams

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” –Abraham Lincoln. While the sixteenth president of the United States said many powerful things and had many great idea’s, this quote is the one that really spoke to me. Lincoln is trying to drive home the point that we as Americans, and as members of the human race, are never simply satisfied with what we have and always want what we have not obtained. American people are the richest in the world, and yet they are never content to have an average car, mediocre house, or simple life. The nation always wants to one up other countries and people of America always want more than their neighbor. Instead of always trying to get ahead of the game, our great nation should try and shift our focus back to our roots. The founding fathers did not set up our constitution so we could have more missiles than the next guy. We, as America, need to always reinforce the ideals that were set in place by the Declaration of Independence. Law makers should always remember what we’re about and the people should always keep in mind that we are an incredibly fortunate country. As a wise man, Lincoln knew that craving more and desiring what you don’t have has always been a problem and will continue to be so until the last human is gone from Earth. So we should always remember that we live in a great nation, with an abundance of everything we need in order to live a happy and fulfilled life. Leah Williams Fisher High School Fisher IL