ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY

TL 2-12 ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY

 

2-12 HONEST ABEPoliticians aren’t the only ones with the power to declare a crisis…  Regular people can too.  Slavery wasn’t a crisis for American elites until abolitionism turned it into one… Sex discrimination wasn’t a crisis until feminism turned it into one.  – Naomi Klein

Abraham Lincoln grew up on the western frontier in Kentucky and Indiana.  He became a lawyer in Illinois, a Whig Party leader and member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1834 to 1846.  He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1846 and was instrumental in modernizing the economy through banks, tariffs, and railroads.  He opposed to the Mexican-American war, which was unpopular among Illinois voters, so he returned to Springfield and resumed his successful law practice.

Lincoln reentered politics in 1854 and became a leader in building the new Republican Party, which had a statewide majority in Illinois.  He spoke out against slavery in a debate with Stephen A. Douglas but lost the U.S. Senate race to Douglas.

In 1860 Lincoln secured the Republican Party presidential nomination as a moderate from a swing state.  He had little support in the slave holding states of the South, but swept the North and was elected president in 1860.  He served as the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.  He led the U.S. through the Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis.  He did so while preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, strengthening the federal government, and modernizing the economy.

I pray for a person with these qualities to be elected President of the United States in 2016.  We’ve had the most divisive, immoral, dishonest and anemic country in our history.

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.  – Abraham Lincoln

Mr. Lincoln’s nickname was “Honest Abe”.  How comforting would it be to know your commander and chief has such a reputation and lived above-board.  He was a Christian and had good morals and stood on solid moral ground.  We need a person in office that does more than talk a good talk.  As a Republican, I’d love to see a person step boldly forward and declare they have a real plan moving forward.  We need to be united and encouraged about the future in a very real way.

America needs a Christian leader.  A leader who embraces honesty and justice and seeks to lift the American people higher.  We need someone much like Honest Abe.  🙂