Thank you, Mr. Lincoln

As the holidays approach you may notice that my posts are growing shorter and shorter! Probably a good thing, as I know everyone is so busy this time of year!

thOOW100I8 Last week I wrote a post called Double, Double Toil and Trouble: about the terrible civil unrest going on around our country and what I believed was at its root.  But, no matter what you believe the cause to be, or which side of the controversial fence you stand upon, I think that we can all share the sentiment that lives have been changed forever, anger thFMFM098R and fearful emotions run deep and communal feelings are bruised. Something needs to change and it doesn’t come thru demonstrations, peaceful or otherwise.  The change we need in America is heart change.  Heart change comes not from DOJ investigations,individual cameras for  police officers or civil rights leaders: Heart change can only happen when it originates from Jesus.

Christmas is about the birth of the Messiah and the resultant Joy and Peace on Earth.  I hope that in the weeks to come that we will be able take a national deep breath and remember the reason for the season. thHIXQ3PFP

You all know that I am something of a history buff.  I was going through some papers the other day in a futile effort to organize my office and ran across this from Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address: March 4, 1861.  If you recall, at that time our nation was absolutely polarized over slavery and state’s rights issues and the election of Lincoln was the final straw for the South. This address is as current today as it was in 1861, in it Lincoln was doing his level best to appeal to our common history, our common sense, and patience and the prevailing of cooler heads.


Had people listened to him, our nation would have been spared a terrible toll in treasure, precious lives and decades upon decades of universal bitterness.  The final paragraph of this wise address reads:

We must not be enemies!  Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.  The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

Thank you Mr. Lincoln for reminding us to hearken to the better angels of our nature!thZJD674UL



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2 Responses to Thank you, Mr. Lincoln

  1. Biff says:

    I cannot honestly say “Thank you, Mr. Lincoln”. Abraham Lincoln ran his political campaign for the presidency in 1860, with an abolitionist plank that was very clear in it’s intent and purpose. That clear intention, coupled with the delicate “equilibrium” of balanced power between the Senators of the “slave vs free” states, which had just been eliminated, resulted in the inevitable “bloodbath”, as the southern states had no viable alternative but to secede, following his election. On April 12, 1861, when General P.G.T. Beauregard, the officer in charge of the Confederate forces around Charleston Harbor, executed the lawful order to expel the foreign occupying force of the Union Army, held up inside the walls of Ft. Sumter, SC., Abraham Lincoln’s response was to ignore the Sovereign States right to secede, validated by the meaning and purpose of the 10th amendment, which was now being unilaterally ignored by the Northern Union. On April the 15, in response to the expulsion of Union Military from the sovereign soil, of the state of South Carolina, Mr. Lincoln made his choice and signed an order to send 75,000 union troops “in order to suppress said combinations, and to cause the laws to be duly executed” and “to maintain the honor, the integrity, and the existence of our National Union, and the perpetuity of popular government; and to redress wrongs already long enough endured.” (Totally HIS opinion and position). This decision, for the first time in the history of the Republic, undermined the rights thereto for unquestionably reserved to the “several states”. This decision by Mr. Lincoln, ensured the “War Between the States” and justifiably often referred to by true southerners, as “the Northern War of Aggression”, would become a reality. Moderate voices from the southern states, including Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and even Sam Houston, had attempted to negotiate with the political voices and powers of the Union States, in order to avoid armed conflict, through a negotiated compromise. They all knew that the odds of military success over the north were not good, due to the dramatic advantages the north had in population base, manufacturing capacity, and money. Sadly, Mr. Lincoln concluded that other compromises were unacceptable, and the die was cast, for war. Mr. Lincoln was a Federal Supremacist. This precedent, though not embraced by Jefferson, Adams, Washington, Madison, or Franklin, was established with his action taken in regards to this issue. One has only to look at the evolution of our National Government since that time, to clearly see it was this undermining of the “Sovereign States” concept, intentionally given to us by our founders, and clearly enunciated by the 10th amendment, that has brought us incrementally, inexorably to the state of concentrated, centralized power, we find in Washington, D.C., today…….and with it, the very real threat of true Tyranny, in our near future. So, No…….I cannot say, “Thank you, Mr. Lincoln”. We all suffer now, and will suffer even more, due to his insistence on “HIS WAY”, back in 1861.

    • says:

      Hi Mr. Biff,
      Thanks for the lesson. My little blog was not meant as a sweeping approval of Mr. Lincoln, the pre-Civil War Republican party, nor is it an endorsement of Slavery. I just found that the last,short little paragraph of that inaugural address met and matched the attitudes that need to be pulled forth from the people marching in the streets. My goal was not to glorify Mr.Lincoln or re-play a life gone by… but, to have folks “heed those better angels” as he put it….and turn their eyes off of themselves and look heavenward. This is good advice, here at Christmas time, to feuding civil war participants of the 19th century, angry protestors of the 21st century or an airline pilot sitting in a hotel room.
      Thanks for dropping by and chiming in. I will endeavor to dig around and find you a Jefferson Davis or Sam Houston quote so that I will be fair and balanced! Merry Christmas!

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