Quotes by Abraham Lincoln


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  2. The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people,
    whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not,
    so well do, for themselves — in their separate, and individual capacities.

    –July 1, 1854 [?] Fragment on Government
  3. This is a fragment of a much longer quote which you can read here. Here is what Obama said Lincoln said: “That Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more.” Changes the meaning doesn’t it?
    Read more: Transcript of Obama’s SOTU Address
  4. Let’s see what other things Lincoln had to say shall we? Let us see how closely Lincoln held to the same values as our current President. In other words let us see how Lincoln like Obama really is.
  5. Of our political revolution of ’76, we all are justly proud. It has given us
    a degree of political freedom, far exceeding that of any other nation of the earth.
    In it the world has found a solution of the long mooted problem, as to the
    capability of man to govern himself. In it was the germ which has
    vegetated, and still is to grow and expand into the universal liberty of mankind.

    –February 22, 1842 Temperance Address

    As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master.
    This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the
    extent of the difference, is no democracy.

    –ca. August 1, 1858 Fragment on Democracy

    Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation
    of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them.

    –May 17, 1859 Letter to Theodore Canisius

    This is essentially a People’s contest. On the side of the Union, it is a
    struggle for maintaining in the world, that form, and substance of government,
    whose leading object is, to elevate the condition of men — to lift artificial weights
    from all shoulders — to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all — to afford all,
    an unfettered start, and a fair chance, in the race of life.

    –July 4, 1861 Message to Congress

    While we must, by all available means, prevent the overthrow of the
    government, we should avoid planting and cultivating too many thorns
    in the bosom of society.

    –March 18, 1864 Letter to Edwin M. Stanton

    In this great struggle, this form of Government and every form of human
    right is endangered if our enemies succeed. There is more involved in this
    contest than is realized by every one.

    –August 18, 1864 Speech to the 164th Ohio Regiment

    It is the eternal struggle between these
    two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles
    that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to
    struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of
    kings.

    –October 15, 1858 Debate at Alton, Illinois

    On the question of liberty, as a principle, we are not what we have been.
    When we were the political slaves of King George, and wanted to be free, we
    called the maxim that “all men are created equal” a self evident truth; but now
    when we have grown fat, and have lost all dread of being slaves ourselves, we
    have become so greedy to be masters that we call the same maxim “a self
    evident lie.”

    –August 15, 1855 Letter to George Robertson

    There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.

    –January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address

    So much for the Occupy movement.

    Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers
    of the Constitution originally placed it.

    –July 10, 1858 Speech at Chicago

    Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained,
    for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make
    this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.

    –August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan

    At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if
    it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If
    destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation
    of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

    –January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address

  6. It is apparent from these few quotes the Obama and Lincoln do not share the same ideology.
  7. I do not think I could myself, be brought to support a man
    for office, whom I knew to be an open enemy of, and scoffer at, religion.

    –July 31, 1846 Handbill Replying to Charges of Infidelity

    To read in the Bible, as the word of God himself, that “In the sweat of thy
    face shalt thou eat bread,” and to preach therefrom that, “In the sweat of other mans
    faces shalt thou eat bread,” to my mind can scarcely be reconciled with honest sincerity.

    –May 30, 1864 Letter to George Ide and Others

    Here is something I do not think we will ever here Obama say:

    I fully appreciate the present peril the country is in, and the weight of
    responsibility on me.

    –December 22, 1860 Letter to Alexander Stephens

    So as not to belabor this exercise I will leave you with this final quote from Abraham Lincoln which I share wholeheartedly:

    I appeal to you again to constantly bear in mind
    that with you, and not with politicians, not with Presidents, not with
    office-seekers, but with you, is the question, “Shall the Union and shall
    the liberties of this country be preserved to the latest generation?”

    –February 11, 1861 Speech to Gov. Morton in Indianapolis

    I have understood well that the duty of
    self-preservation rests solely with the American people.

    –January 19, 1863 Letter to the Workingmen of England

    Let us not relinquish our responsibilities to this grand Union as to put our trust in elected officials and office-seekers. This land is your land, this land is my land, we are the caretakers of liberty. It is our responsibility to preserve Liberty to to abandon her on the ash heap of history. Do your part I shall do mine.

    Another view from the EaglesNest. God bless America.

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