Thursday, February 12, 2009

It's Lincoln's 200th Birthday

Since his death by an assassin's bullet, politicians of various stripes have been attempting to cloak themselves in his greatness. The current president is rapturously compared to the Great Emancipator because...umm...well they are both kinda tall and thinish...ummm...thats about it I guess. No doubt the media will diligently remind us today of the profound significance of having a (half) black president from Illinois on this joyous anniversary.

We should not allow the intellectual corruption of the chattering classes dissuade us from our appreciation of the the greatness of Lincoln however. No doubt they will focus on trivialities with the sole goal of ennobling our current commander in chief. They day however belongs to a far better man. That is no knock on Obama, you can count the men better than Lincoln on a hand that is missing several fingers. He spoke to our national soul. His words are the poetry of modern democracy.

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."
Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865.

More importantly, he saved the Union. Think on that for a while. None of this would be here...but for his resolve. Without Lincoln we would not have been able to assist the democracies of europe in the their moments of peril during the twentieth century. Dictatorships would be the order of the day, with the few remaining islands of freedom desperately trying to hold out just a little longer.

We who are today free, throughout the world, owe a debt to this man. Our world is one where liberty is (for the most part) advancing not retreating. That is not to say it was all the work of one man. Others with names like Roosevelt, Churchill, Truman, Reagan,Thatcher and dare I say it....Bush ...have been willing to make the sacrifices required to preserve freedom and extend it's reach. We should thank god for their vision and fortitude. Their perseverance in the cause of liberty, while others counseled retreat or surrender, literally saved the world.

1 comment:

Monique said...

He was a great leader....