Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln

[Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President, looking at a photo album with his son, Tad Lincoln, Feb. 9, 1864] (LOC)

Abraham Lincoln was one of my first heroes.  Growing up in the rural Midwest, he was a man of my people.  As a young conservative, he was the founding father of the Republican Party.  As an American, he was the man my ancestors fought for—the man who saved the Union.

Get the books, and read and study them till you understand them in their principal features; and that is the main thing. It is of no consequence to be in a large town while you are reading. I read at New Salem, which never had three hundred people living in it. The books, and your capacity for understanding them, are just the same in all places…. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.

Abraham Lincoln, 1855

The man and and the myth of Honest Abe Lincoln is as valid today as it ever has been.  Any one of us can raise ourselves up from nothing to become President of this great nation.  We can say what we will and do what we will.  We can try new things, fail and live to try again another day.  We each have the right and responsibility to serve a purpose greater than ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln was born on 12 February 1809.  So far we have come in 200 years.  So far we have yet to go.

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4 Comments

  1. 13 February 2009 at 02:02

    JC -Abe was my hero too. Great blog!

    Check out this video I made on my experience during the inauguration:

    Best,

    F

  2. JC said,

    13 February 2009 at 14:39

    F- Well done on the vid. I would never listen to any of the soundtrack artists willingly–nor would I say anything nice about the current occupant of the White House–yet I still have faith that we can make America work. We fight our battles at the township halls, city council chambers, school board rooms, and state legislatures, so that we shall never again send our sons and brothers to Antietam, Golieta or Gettysburg.

  3. 13 February 2009 at 14:50

    Well said JC.

  4. JC said,

    18 February 2009 at 14:53

    If Abraham Lincoln had an iPod (on NPR)
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100675699


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