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       "When shall we expect the approach of danger?  Shall some trans-Atlantic giant step the Earth and crush us in a blow?  Never.  All the armies of Europe and Asia could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make tracks on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years.  If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and its finisher.  As a nation of free men we will live forever, or die by suicide." -- Abraham Lincoln 

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