We can succeed only [in] concert. It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?” – AL, POTUS 01DEC1862

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 10.45.40 PMThe Challenger explosion occurs moments after it was ordered by NASA ground control to: “Go to throttle-up…”

If one is to understand how distraught America, President Reagan (R.I.P.) and the First Lady Nancy (R.I.P.) were at there meeting with such tragedy; at the loss of 7 Star Voyagers all at once (the same number as were selected for the original Mercury program) one is forced back again on The Civil War and Abraham Lincoln.  Almost by necessity.

President Reagan knew this well. It was the evening of his State of The Union Address to Congress, 28JAN1986.  The Union, he could have thought.  The United States of America…

“We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We — even we here — hold the power, and bear the responsibility.  

“In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free — honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.  Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just — a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.” – President Abraham Lincoln, Annual Address to Congress 01DEC1862.

It could have be this concluding paragraph that President Reagan thought most about.  All had been success for him on this day when he would deliver the State of The Union Address, but he did not.  On this day he delivered an Eulogy, instead…

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A few days later he summarized his thoughts by using this quote from a former Republican President in his memorial to The Challenger Crew…

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