‘We must build the future’

With sons Will, second from left, and Jeremiah beside him, Gov. Jay Nixon takes his oath of office, as administered by Judge Rex M. Burlison, right, during Monday’s inauguration ceremony on the steps of the Missouri Capitol.

With sons Will, second from left, and Jeremiah beside him, Gov. Jay Nixon takes his oath of office, as administered by Judge Rex M. Burlison, right, during Monday’s inauguration ceremony on the steps of the Missouri Capitol.

In a world where politics often seem marked by bad blood between the major parties and their members, Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday afternoon, things really aren’t as divisive today as Missouri experienced during the Civil War.

“Some pundits like to say that politics in the Show-Me State has never been more partisan, more difficult than it is today,” Nixon said during his 121⁄2-minute, second inaugural speech. “One hundred and fifty years ago, Missouri was bitterly divided in the struggle for our nation’s survival — and its soul.

“For a time, Missouri had two state governments, two state capitals and two governors.

“Two state flags fluttered above the boys in blue and gray, the sons of farmers and cobblers, tinkers and slaves (who) fought and died on blood-soaked ground from the Bootheel to the Iowa border.”

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