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Letter: Lincoln’s stature

February 5, 2013

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To the editor:

The Emancipation Proclamation was a logical extension of Old Abe’s sense of justice and commitment to the “proposition that all men are created equal.” Abraham Lincoln did more for America than any other American. Yet he has been relegated to “Presidents Day.” His life, deeds and sacrifice for the nation deserve better.

Abe was born in a log cabin, taught himself to read, write and cipher. His sense of humor and willingness to laugh at himself made him the most successful American of the 19th century. He successfully fought for and ensured the continuation of American democracy. Abe declared that slavery was founded on both injustice and bad policy, and that he hated it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself.

Abe clearly saw the darkening clouds of civil war. He knew that compromise had its place in achieving political goals. However, there was no compromise when recognizing the right for all Americans to be free: “I believe this government cannot endure permanent half slave and half free.”

Lincoln suffered greatly as the commander-in-chief. He had to save the Union, find a fighter to carry out the destruction of Robert E. Lee’s army and seek to ensure compassion and justice in the implementation of Reconstruction. Lincoln’s assassination assured a hundred years of racial struggle and cultural conflict. 

I truly resent our collective acceptance of Abe Lincoln as just another president. There simply is no other president, save for George Washington, deserving of a national holiday — a day to renew our commitment to freedom.

Comments

CWGOKU 1 year, 2 months ago

George Wallace was a Democrat and racist. And that means nothing. All of you with your half truths and twisting of history so you can bash Democrats or Republicans is utter nonsense

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Abdu Omar 1 year, 2 months ago

Linclon said " I mean to save the Union, if I can. If by freeing slaves I save it, I will do that, but if freeing one slave means that I cannot save the union, I would not free a slave."

He is saying that the most important objective to him was saving the union. It was his only task as he saw it but he also wanted to free the slaves. He didn't have to make a choice and his proclamation to emancipate the slaves was a great move on his part and angered the South even more. But he issued the proclamation after a victory to show that he was in control of the Union.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 2 months ago

After watching the movie 'Lincoln', I can not imagine how ashamed Democrats must feel about their past history of racism.

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Les Blevins 1 year, 2 months ago

Lincoln had disdain for and repudiated John Brown for unsheathing violence against only a few of the slave owners themselves and those who wanted to spread slavery, but when the South was finally on its knees Lincoln resorted to what he had blasted Brown for and allowed General Sherman to rain far more violence down on tens of thousands of southern civilians just for being in the South and in Sherman’s way. John Brown was adamantly against slavery before Lincoln even became our President. I say this nation should have a day set aside for honoring the leadership of John Brown and the Lexington Minutemen for taking up arms first against British oppression and then later against slave owners and their form of oppression. I say this nation was as equally divided during the American Revolution it was on the issue of Slavery and as we are today divided on the issue of global warming. Take heed and beware of being on the wrong side of the issues.

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fiddleback 1 year, 2 months ago

The idea that people think of Abe as "just another president" is a total straw-man, and I for one don't think we need a separate holiday to further mythologize him. I can agree that he is second perhaps only to Washington, but he certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of attention. Scholars have long joked that there are perhaps more books written about him than about Jesus...

And would a holiday in his name really help get us towards a better understanding of the man rather than the icon? Would it help us peel the onion and examine the darker angels of his nature and his tenure? His suspension of habeas corpus and other civil rights? His alleged extra-marital homosexuality? Probably not; only history buffs like to look under those rocks...

Plus, the film alone has already encouraged more outrageous claims to his legacy and naked self-aggrandizement than can be stomached, especially by the party he helped to found. In one of our most bitter historical ironies, the GOP has won the South for the past few decades by actively encouraging resentment of both federal authority and racial minorities (nevermind the whites) on federal assistance. But of course GOP leaders will conveniently overlook Lincoln's ultimate demonstration of federal dominance and shamelessly attempt to bask in his luster...No, we don't need to lobby for another holiday only to endure more flag-waving and chest-thumping from their ilk.

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Karl_Hungus 1 year, 2 months ago

And I saw on Fox News the other day that he also hunted vampires....way to go, Abe!!

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mom_of_three 1 year, 2 months ago

One thing to remember, although I greatly admire Lincoln, is that he did not believe in equality for the greater portion of his life. I am not sure if the letter writer understands that. Lincoln was anti slavery, but NOT an abolitionist. Lincoln hated slavery, because men deserved the fruits of their labor.
And Lincoln was a GREAT politician during the war. He was a brilliant man.

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 2 months ago

Lincoln was a politician. Not a dirty word.

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Liberty275 1 year, 2 months ago

"Lincoln suffered greatly as the commander-in-chief. He had to save the Union, find a fighter to carry out the destruction of Robert E. Lee’s army"

Lincoln is only second to Washington as one of our greatest presidents. I have problems with his allowing Sherman to terrorize civilians across Georgia. I wish he had found a better way to end the civil war than waging it against women and children.

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