The more I read about Abraham Lincoln, the more I recognize how great of a leader he was. His tenacity is well documented, and his courage cannot be doubted. Although his Presidency did not start in a stellar manner, but with a clandestine arrival in Washington D.C. due to threats on his life, he became our greatest president.
His crowning glory, the Emancipation Proclamation, was delivered on September 22, 150 years ago. However, in my reading this morning I ran across a quote from Lincoln that has a profound application to our current situation. Regarding the importance of the Civil War Lincoln stated, “I consider the central idea pervading this struggle is the necessity that is upon us of proving that popular government is not an absurdity.” Lincoln would clarify this concept during a 4th of July speech by elaborating on the importance of ensuring the experiment that regular people “were capable of governing themselves,” would continue.
Lincoln felt the Emancipation Proclamation was “the central act of my administration, and the great event of the 19th century.” According to the Richard Slotkin the “proclamation wiped out $3.5 billion of investment in slaves, at a time when the entire wealth of the nation amounted to only $16 billion.” And it ensured the destruction of the “retrograde institution” called slavery. Lincoln states in his second State of the Union address, “In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free, [and makes Americans] honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve.”
We need a Lincoln today. A leader who believes in the sanctity of states rights, but can navigate difficult political morasses. I am tired of Obamas and Romneys who have no specific answers. I am tired of Pelosi’ and Boehners who continue to put up walls of contempt to stop progress. I am tired of a do nothing congress that allows our debt to continue to climb, leaving a negative legacy for our great grandchildren.
Absurdity has no bounds. We have one of the worst congresses in the history of this country. It appears that nothing will change that when they come back from their vacation, and I really don’t see this upcoming election changing anything either, unless we change the players.
150 years ago an infamous event occurred, one the changed the path of this country forever. Lincoln was able to ensure the true American dream would endure the conflict between the North and the South. Thank you Abraham for your great work!
Who is going to rise up and ensure that our great experiment continues?
And that is my thought for the day!