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Monica Brinkman-The Wheel's Final Turn

BECAUSE WE CHOOSE December 11, 1845, and the United States has declared war on Mexico. In Boston, James R. Lowell published a poem; the first stanza of which went: Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide, In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side; Some great cause, some great decision, offering each the bloom or blight, And the choice goes by forever, ’twixt that darkness and that light. It was a stirring call to the conscience of every citizen, one which was soon set to music and is still sung in churches throughout America. The message was clear: we, all of us, have to make choices about right and wrong, about good and evil. It is a recurring ques

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