“America will never be destroyed from the outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Most Americans still hold Abraham Lincoln among the most highly respected and successful men to have held the office of President. He did so at one of the most difficult, most angry seasons of America’s history. his life was not an easy one, and he appreciated who his difficulties made him to be … and so do I.
Lincoln warned the South in his Inaugural Address: “In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you…. You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.”
The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning. Five months before receiving his party’s nomination for President, he sketched his life:
“I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families–second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks…. My father … removed from Kentucky to … Indiana, in my eighth year…. It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up…. Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher … but that was all.”
Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Illinois. He was a captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, and rode the circuit of courts for many years. His law partner said of him, “His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest.”
“I am a firm believer in the people.
If given the truth, they can be depended upon
to meet any national crisis. The great point
is to bring them the real facts.”
“Abraham Lincoln is remembered for his vital role as the leader in preserving the Union during the Civil War and beginning the process (Emancipation Proclamation) that led to the end of slavery in the United States. He is also remembered for his character and leadership, his speeches and letters, and as a man of humble origins whose determination and perseverance led him to the nation’s highest office.
President Lincoln endured extraordinary pressures during the long Civil War. He carried on despite generals who weren’t ready to fight, assassination threats, bickering among his Cabinet members, huge loss of life on the battlefields, and opposition from groups such as the Copperheads. However, Lincoln remained brave and persevered. He didn’t give in to the pressures and end the war early. He kept fighting until the Confederacy was defeated. A lesser man would have given in and stopped the war before the goals had been achieved. Lincoln did not do this.
The Emancipation Proclamation didn’t immediately free any slaves because it only applied to territories not under Lincoln’s control. The actual fact is that legal freedom for all slaves in the United States did not come until the final passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in December of 1865. Lincoln was a strong supporter of the amendment, but he was assassinated before its final enactment. READ MORE
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
In contrast, ‘60 MINUTES’ EDITS OUT OBAMA‘S CLAIM THAT HE’S THE FOURTH BEST PRESIDENT, yet his behavior, his policies, and his words reveal his true colors. A few weeks ago, at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama Connected Taxes To Scripture At National Prayer Breakfast he said Jesus taught “to whom much is given, much will be required,” and that means the rich should pay higher taxes.
Remember President Obama standing with Jimmy Hoffa, calling forth his “re-election army” inspiring violence?
And here is Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s mentor … Obama’s not rich?
Which brings us to our “Affirmative Action” President!
“In a previously uncovered interview from September 6, 2001, Barack Obama expressed his regret that the Supreme Court hadn’t been more ‘radical’ and described as a ‘tragedy’ the Court’s refusal to take up ‘the issues of redistribution of wealth.’ No wonder he wants to appoint judges that legislate from the bench.” FOUND HERE Interesting note: video links have been deactivated. Only the TRANSCRIPT remains!
–McCain economics adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin