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Happy Birthday, Honest Abe

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Fenian_Bastard, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. Gives me an excuse to post this. The last graf's particularly relevant:


    AT this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.
    On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, urgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war—seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.
    One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
    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.
  2. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I do not know who this poster is.

    Is he in Angola's bracket? :D
  3. dreunc1542

    dreunc1542 Active Member

    And to think, he may have lost the 1860 nomination to William Seward if it wasn't for one of the first great newspaperman, Horace Greeley.
  4. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    The fallout shelter told us it was his birthday
  5. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I heart Republicans! [/Fenian]
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Does anybody other than government employees still get this day off?
  7. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    The local public schools around here are off today.
  8. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Abe was full of empty rhetoric! Where's the beef? [hrcfans\]

    Happy Birthday, Abe.
  9. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Executive Mansion,
    Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

    Dear Madam,

    I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

    I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

    I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

    Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

    A. Lincoln
  10. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    I grew up in a town called Lincoln. It was the only town named after Abe before he became president.

    Hell, the town even had a statue of a watermelon split open. That's what Abe used to christen the town.

    There was talk a few years ago of the town erecting a Statue-of-Liberty-sized statue of Abe. Many wondered if they'd put a red light on his nose.
  11. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I love Abe Lincoln. I'd vote for him and his top hat next November and wouldn't think twice about it.
  12. At least he had an opponent when he got elected to the state legislature.
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