In a recent poll, when asked to select the figure who “best embodies unity,” more Americans picked Lincoln than anyone else. The percentage of respondents from the South who selected Lincoln was essentially the same as the percentage of Americans as a whole who did so.
Monthly Archives: June 2013
Lincoln Memorial University’s Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is one of 2,000 institutions across the country participating in the Blue Star Museums program. Admission for active duty military personnel (including National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and NOAA Commissioned Corps) and up to five family members is free until September 2, 2013. Just bring your Geneva Convention common access card or Uniformed Services ID Card (1173 or 1173-1) when you visit.
For more information about the museum, call (423) 869-6235 or visit www.lmunet.edu/museum.
Rich Lowry’s argument that modern conservatives can claim a kindred spirit in Lincoln has been generating some interesting responses. George Perkovich claims that by emphasizing Lincoln’s respect for economic and property rights, Lowry ignores Lincoln’s commitment to government as a guarantor of justice. “Lincoln’s focus on justice,” he writes, “like that of progressives more broadly, extends the purpose of government beyond the protection of individual liberty and private property to which libertarian-conservatives reduce it today.”
The president of Lycoming College in Pennsylvania discovered a lost commission signed by Lincoln while cleaning out his office in preparation for retirement. The commission appointed the college’s founder, Benjamin Crever, as a chaplain to a military hospital.
In Lincoln Unbound, which hits bookstores this month, Rich Lowry examines Lincoln’s belief in America as a land of opportunity and upward mobility. Lowry’s new piece in National Review offers a preview of his book, arguing that conservative attempts to depict Lincoln as a tyrant or proto-liberal are misguided, and that Republicans can still learn a great deal from the first member of their party to win the presidency:
…Abraham Lincoln was perhaps the foremost proponent of opportunity in all of American history. His economics of dynamism and change and his gospel of discipline and self-improvement are particularly important to a country that has been stagnating economically and suffering from a social breakdown that is limiting economic mobility. No 19th-century figure can be an exact match for either of our contemporary competing political ideologies, but Lincoln the paladin of individual initiative, the worshiper of the Founding Fathers, and the advocate of self-control is more naturally a fellow traveler with today’s conservatives than with progressives.
On June 2, 1863 a delegation of sixty-five Presbyterians presented Lincoln with a set of resolutions in favor of the administration adopted that May by the General Assembly. Lincoln responded with the following statement:
It has been my happiness to receive testimonies of a similar nature, from I believe, all denominations of Christians. They are all loyal, but perhaps not in the same degree, or in the same numbers; but I think they all claim to be loyal. This to me is most gratifying, because from the beginning I saw that the issues of our great struggle depended on the Divine interposition and favor. If we had that, all would be well. The proportions of this rebellion were not for a long time understood. I saw that it involved the greatest difficulties, and would call forth all the powers of the whole country. The end is not yet.…
In my administration I might have committed some errors. It would be, indeed, remarkable if I had not. I have acted according to my best judgment in every case.…As a pilot, I have used my best exertions to keep afloat our ship of State, and shall be glad to resign my trust at the appointed time to another pilot more skillful and successful than I may prove. In every case, and at all hazards, the Government must be perpetuated. Relying, as I do, upon the Almighty Power, and encouraged as I am by these resolutions which you have just read, with the support which I receive from Christian men, I shall not hesitate to use all the means at my control to secure the termination of this rebellion, and will hope for success.