Skip to comments.Lincoln’s Birthday Reflections: His insights on liberty and tyranny still ring true today
Posted on 02/12/2016 11:59:28 PM PST by iowamark
Abraham Lincoln told an 1864 audience that "the world has never had a good definition of the word 'liberty.'"
Different people can define liberty in different, even contradictory ways, so that both sides in a conflict can claim to the mantle of liberty.
That was exactly the situation in the Civil War: Slaveholders defined liberty in such a way as to make themselves the guardians of liberty...
The South's liberty was the liberty to hold other people as chattel slaves. What the slaveholders called liberty, the North quite rightly called tyranny; namely, the systematic deprivation of the natural rights of other persons...
Lincoln asked, "What will convince them? This, and this only: "Cease to call slavery wrong, and join them in calling it right." The opponents of slavery must abandon their opposition, turning their backs on their basic moral principles, and wholeheartedly adopt the ideology of slavery as a positive good. No one may be allowed to question slavery. The North must enthusiastically participate in the recovery of fugitive slaves, which it had hitherto resisted. In the end, the free constitutions of the Northern states must be repealed, and slavery must be nationalized...
This impulse is central to the movement for same-sex marriage and transgender rights. Like the slave power, the LGBT movement seeks to silence all dissent and reshape the institutions of society to conform to its worldview...
As with slavery, acquiescence in the new morality is not enough. Wholehearted support is required. As Lincoln noted, "Silence will not be tolerated. We must place ourselves avowedly with them."
This is the tyrannical impulse: The desire to reshape society and crush dissent, all in the name of a liberty that claims for itself the freedom to deprive others of their freedom...
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
'The Peacemakers' by George P.A. Healy (1868) depicting Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, and Admiral Porter at City Point on March 28, 1865.
There’s also this about Lincoln that few people today know...
Bake the Cake!
Looks like the South won! Kaluah Fubar!
Lincoln Lincoln bo-bincoln
Banana fanna fo-fincoln
Fee, fy, mo-mincoln.
NASA sent a portrait of Lincoln to Mars.
They spent $1-billion dollars to put a penny on Mars. ;)
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If I recall correctly, the Emancipation Proclamation only freed the slaves in the rebellious states, not in the Union . . .
Correct. Slavery did not end nationwide until the 13th Amendment in 1865.
Went to Disneyland last year for the first time since I was a child. Two of my favorite exhibits/rides, weirdo that I am, were the Mark Twain Riverboat and “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln”.
If not for Lincoln there’d be millions more producing Americans alive today!
So really, I blame Lincoln for H1-B Visas.
All evil depends on the departure of reason, on denial of Natural Law.
God justly punished our nation. I tremble at what our certain punishment will be for upwards of 60 million murdered babies.
Bill Clinton said “God’s” punishment on American for slavery occurred during the events of 911.
Seems there are a lot of people speaking for God.
Lincoln didn’t like slavery but he hated blacks. He campaigned not to let free blacks into his State and he thought they had no business marrying whites or living in a white country.
"that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
---Abraham Lincoln; Gettysburg,Thursday, November 19, 1863
Sounds like something worth "Conserving"
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