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Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, 2009, US Constitution, US Congress, Lincoln quotes, Hold Congress accountable, Safeguard liberties, Reverence for the laws, Restore the Constitutional Republic, The WHY initiative

“The greatness of Napoleon, Caesar or Washington is only
moonlight by the sun of Lincoln. His example is universal
and will last thousands of years….He was bigger than his
country—bigger than all the presidents together… and
as a great character he will live as long as the world
lives.”

Leo Tolstoy, 1909

Defend

the

US Constitution

 

Abraham Lincoln spoke about preserving the US Constitution
and the union far better than I ever will. He lived it,
breathed it and made the ultimate sacrifice for it. Those
that wish to embrace Lincoln and be thought of in the same
sentence, must acknowledge that Abraham Lincoln stood for
something larger than himself, and be willing to sacrifice
for the good of all.

We are approaching the 200th anniversary of the birth of this
great man, born on February 12, 1809. A man for the ages.

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the
people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all
the time.”
“I hold, that in contemplation of universal law, and of the
Constitution, the Union of these States is perpetual.”
“I therefore consider that in view of the Constitution and the
laws, the Union is unbroken; and to the extent of my ability I
shall take care, as the Constitution itself expressly enjoins
upon me, that the laws of the Union be faithfully executed in
all the States.”
“Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher
to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never
to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country;
and never to tolerate their violation by others.”
“I am exceedingly anxious that this Union, the Constitution, and
the liberties of the people shall be perpetuated in accordance
with the original idea for which that struggle was made, and I
shall be most happy indeed if I shall be an humble instrument in
the hands of the Almighty, and of this, his almost chosen people,
for perpetuating the object of that great struggle.”
“Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress
and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves.
No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or
another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light
us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.”

 

“I freely acknowledge myself the servant of the people, according
to the bond of service — the United States Constitution; and that,
as such, I am responsible to them.”
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter
and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Lincoln speaks to us today:

“Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother,
to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap — let it be taught
in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in
Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; — let it be preached
from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced
in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political
religion of the nation; and let the old and the young, the rich
and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues,
and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.”

 

“It is not merely for to-day, but for all time to come that we
should perpetuate for our children’s children this great and free
government, which we have enjoyed all our lives.”
“I appeal to you again to constantly bear in mind that with you,
and not with politicians, not with Presidents, not with
office-seekers, but with you, is the question, “Shall the Union
and shall the liberties of this country be preserved to the latest
generation?””

 

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this
continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to
the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that
nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long
endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have
come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place
for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not
consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men,
living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far
above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note,
nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what
they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated
here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus
far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to
the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead
we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the
last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that
these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under
God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of
the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from
the earth.”

Our marching orders, from Lincoln:

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That
must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our
liberties.”
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the
courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the
men who pervert the Constitution.”

 

“Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations
against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction to
the Government nor of dungeons to ourselves. LET US HAVE FAITH
THAT RIGHT MAKES MIGHT, AND IN THAT FAITH, LET US, TO THE END,
DARE TO DO OUR DUTY AS WE UNDERSTAND IT.”

 

“When the people rise in masses in behalf of the Union and the
liberties of their country, truly may it be said, “The gates of
hell shall not prevail against them.””
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congressmen and forever hold Congress accountable.

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