Happy Birthday, Honest Abe!

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Netfotoj, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. Netfotoj

    Netfotoj Premium Member

    Sign of the times: When was the last time we had a President who was called "honest"? Today is Honest Abe's birthday and I stole this article from The Washington Post. Surprise, surprise, something I agree with in the WaPo!

    I found particularly interesting Lincoln's exchanges with his timid commanding general, George McClellan. Now there's the way a commander-in-chief should operate. And only Abe could make fun of his odd wife in such a gentle way as in the telegraph response about the welfare of Tad's goats at the White House.

    Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. (Library Of Congress Via Pbs)

  2. squirrelpotpie

    squirrelpotpie Premium Member

    Here are a few more interesting Lincoln quotes gathered from the web:

    "What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not the reliance against the resumption of tyranny in our fair land. All of them may be turned against our liberties, without making us stronger or weaker for the struggle. Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, every where."
    Edwardsville, Illinois September 11, 1858

    "Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure."

    "Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."

    Abraham Lincoln was not perfect, but he was open to change and personal growth and he was true to himself and to his vision of America.

    He was a great man and am glad that he is remembered.