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.