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Abraham Lincoln’s America by Chuck Baldwin

Posted by soldierservant on May 21, 2009

You will not hear this anywhere else. I sure did not know about this

myself. Lincoln seems to be the father of american socialism. But as
great as Lincoln may have been, he was no christian.

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America just celebrated Presidents Day this past Monday. What first began as
an observance for President George Washington has (since the 1980s) morphed
into the generic "Presidents Day," which is a politically correct
celebration of mediocrity that forces our nation’s greatest President to be
lumped together with incompetents such as Ulysses S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson,
and Jimmy Carter.

On the occasion of Presidents Day, a USA Today/Gallup poll asked the
American people to select the greatest President. The top five Presidents,
according to the Gallup poll, are (in order): Ronald Reagan, John Kennedy,
Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and George Washington.

Can you believe it? George Washington was rated fifth. Fifth. With a vote
total of only 9 percent, no less.

George Washington is positively the greatest American to ever live–bar
none! It is no hyperbole to say that without Washington, there would be no
United States of America. George Washington almost single-handedly kept a
struggling colonial army (along with a fledgling nation, for that matter)
together. Take away George Washington and there are no stories of Valley
Forge, the crossing of the Delaware River, or Yorktown. Take away George
Washington and there is no office of President of the United States. A
lesser man (which would include almost everyone else in his generation)
would doubtless have succumbed to the call of the multitude to institute a
monarchy in America. A lesser man could not have delivered the
greatest-of-all-Presidential-addresses that we find in his "Farewell
Address."

Washington’s Farewell Address became the guiding light and compass for
American policy and philosophy for many generations. In fact, it is the
abandonment of the principles of that address that is systematically
destroying this country. Therefore, a return to the wisdom of that address
would doubtless return our country to its former greatness.

There is only one "Father of His Country," and it is George Washington. Yet,
in the minds of today’s Americans, Washington is inferior to the likes of
F.D.R. and Abraham Lincoln. Furthermore, the Gallup survey concludes that
both Democrats and Republicans (and conservatives and liberals) share
special infatuation with Lincoln.

I have witnessed the veracity of Gallup’s findings. Go to just about any
private Christian school and one will find Abraham Lincoln idolized almost
to the point of deification. The same is also true in state schools, of
course.

Now, virtually everyone is saying that the election of Barack Obama is the
fulfillment of Lincoln’s vision. They might be right. But just exactly what
does that mean?

According to the current edition of Newsweek magazine, "We are all
socialists now." The article states, "The U.S. government has already–under
a conservative Republican administration–effectively nationalized the
banking and mortgage industries." It continued, "Whether we want to admit it
or not . . . the America of 2009 is moving toward a modern European state."

Again quoting Newsweek, "The architect of this new era of big government?
History has a sense of humor, for the man who laid the foundations for the
world Obama now rules is George W. Bush, who moved to bail out the financial
sector last autumn with $700 billion.

"Bush brought the Age of Reagan to a close; now Obama has gone further,
reversing Bill Clinton’s end of big government."

Unfortunately, Newsweek is dead right.

By the end of two G.W. Bush terms and one Obama term, the United States will
resemble socialist France far more than the independent nation
envisioned–and created–by George Washington. Yes, in a very real and
practical sense, this really is Abraham Lincoln’s America.

More than any other single person, Abraham Lincoln shaped and formed modern
America. It was Abraham Lincoln who was the first President to flagrantly
and deliberately violate his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the
Constitution of the United States. His disregard and contempt for the
Constitution cannot be overstated.

In order to "preserve the Union," Lincoln destroyed the very principles upon
which the Union was created. His audacity is without equal. For example, to
prevent a possible vote of secession by the Maryland legislature, Lincoln
ordered federal troops to seize and arrest the Maryland congressional
delegation. And of course, he was more than willing to sacrifice hundreds of
thousands of America’s finest and best to destroy Jefferson’s declaration
that the states of our Union are "Free and Independent States."

I invite all those pro-Lincoln apologists out there to seriously answer this
question: Does an abusive husband who beats and batters his wife have the
right to force her (at the point of gun) to remain married to him? (Even the
God of the Bible, Who cast marriage in the most sacred terms, recognizes the
right of lawful separation.) If you answer no, how can you continue to
justify Abraham Lincoln’s actions? In a political and governmental sense,
that is exactly what Lincoln did. Forced union, of any kind, is slavery. In
the name of emancipating slaves, Lincoln enslaved an entire nation.

It was Abraham Lincoln who, for all intents and purposes, destroyed
federalism and limited government in America. In fact, on December 15, 1866,
renowned British historian, Lord Acton, wrote a letter to General Robert E.
Lee. In the letter, Acton said, "I deemed that you were fighting the battles
of our liberty, our progress, and our civilization; and I mourn for the
stake which was lost at Richmond more deeply than I rejoice over that which
was saved at Waterloo."

It was Abraham Lincoln who first established the Nanny State, Big
Government, Big Brother, etc. Everything that Big-Government Presidents such
as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, George W. Bush,
and Barack Obama learned, they learned from Abraham Lincoln. That is why
these men love to quote Lincoln so much.

What is appalling is the manner in which the American people (including
professed conservatives and Christians) have allowed the politically correct
propaganda machine to brainwash their reasoning. Conservatives and liberals,
and Democrats and Republicans, now embrace Abraham Lincoln’s America. As
Newsweek said, "We are all socialists now."

On what could prove to be a very interesting and even promising note,
however, is the fact that more than twenty states have recently proposed (or
are in the process of drafting) resolutions advancing their individual state
sovereignty. What do these states see coming? Do they see Socialism’s twin
sister, Oppression, lurking around the corner? Are these states looking into
the future and preparing to take a stand for freedom and independence? What
an exciting prospect! Perhaps the great country that George Washington
birthed is not dead after all.

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