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"As a nation of freemen we must live through all time, or die by suicide." - Wise words, from a president with whom I have, er... "issues".
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02/11/2018, 22:26:04

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Have we averted ‘despotism at our own doors’?


Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

warned, Jan. 27, 1837: “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.”

Lincoln stated at
Edwardsville, Illinois, Sept. 11, 1858: “What constitutes the bulwark of
our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements,
our bristling sea coasts, our army and our navy. These are not our
reliance against tyranny. All of those may be turned against us. … Our
reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us. Our
defense is in the spirit which prized liberty as the heritage of all
men, in all lands everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted
the seeds of despotism at your own doors … you have lost the genius of
your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning
tyrant who rises among you.”

Lincoln wrote to William Dodge, Feb.
23, 1861: “Freedom is the natural condition of the human race, in which
the Almighty intended men to live. Those who fight the purpose of the
Almighty will not succeed.”

Reflecting on the slavery in the
Southern Democrat states, Lincoln wrote to H.L. Pierce on April 6, 1859:
“This is a world of compensation. … Those who deny freedom to others
deserve it not for themselves, and under a just God, cannot long retain

This could also be said of those supporting abortion today,
as Ronald Reagan wrote in “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation”
(The Human Life Review, 1983): “Lincoln recognized that we could not
survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not
fit to be free and should be slaves … Likewise, we cannot survive as a
free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and
should be abandoned to abortion.”

Lincoln closed a debate with
Judge Douglas, 1858: “That is the issue that will continue in this
country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be
silent. 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

Lincoln stated in his first inaugural address, March
4, 1861: “If the policy of the Government upon vital questions affecting
the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme
Court, the instant they are made … the people will have ceased to be
their own rulers.”

Chief Justice John Marshall wrote in the case
of Cohens v. Virginia, 1821: “the people made the Constitution, and the
people can unmake it. It is the creature of their own will, and lives
only by their will.”

Abraham Lincoln addressed the question as to
whether the courts are masters over the people, or are the people
masters over the courts (“The Political Debates Between Lincoln and
Douglas,” 1897): “The people of these United States are the rightful
masters of both Congresses and Courts.”

Thomas Jefferson made a
similar statement to William Johnson in 1823: “But the Chief Justice
says, ‘There must be an Ultimate Arbiter somewhere.’ True, there must. …
The Ultimate Arbiter is the people.”

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stated at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Feb. 22, 1861: “I have never
had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments
embodied in the Declaration of Independence. I have often pondered over
the dangers which were incurred by the men who … adopted that
Declaration of Independence – I have pondered over the toils that were
endured by the officers and soldiers of the army. … I have often
inquired of myself, what great principle or idea it was that kept this
Confederacy so long together. It was not the mere matter of the
separation of the Colonies from the mother land; but something in that
Declaration giving liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but
hope to the world for all future time. It was that which gave promise
that in due time the weights would be lifted from the shoulders of all
men, and that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment
embodied in that Declaration of Independence. Now, my friends, can this
country be saved? … If it can, I will consider myself one of the
happiest men in the world, if I can help to save it. If it cannot be
saved upon that principle, it will be truly awful. But if this country
cannot be saved without giving up that principle … I would rather be
assassinated on this spot than surrender it.”

On Feb. 11, 1861,
newly elected as president, Abraham Lincoln left Springfield, Illinois
for Washington, D.C., never to return. He stated: “I now leave, not
knowing when or whether ever I may return, with a task before me greater
than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that
Divine Being who ever attended him, I cannot succeed. With that
assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him who can go with me and remain
with you, and be everywhere for good. … Let us all pray that the God of
our fathers may not forsake us now.”

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