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Bring Abe Lincoln Back?

USAToday online poll…bring Abe Lincoln back to the White House….

The  USAToday newspaper had an online poll, asking if readers would like to see Abe Lincoln back in the whitehouse.  They gave him a 93% approval rating, still only 42% would like to see him back, while 41% would not, the others undecided.  I find that interesting as he’s our most revered president, historically.  I think this return ratings speak to how revisionist history has distorted what our leaders have done in the past, and how little empathy we have for what our forefathers and pioneers faced when making America what she is today.  Different times call for different methods of governing.

Lincoln came into the office at one of, if not the, toughest times in American history.  I can’t help but compare that time in America to the current time in the middle east.  Kaddafi has used force on his own people, angering the whole world.  Lincoln used force on his own people.  Don’t get me wrong, I hate Kaddafi for what he’s done, particularly the Lockerby bombing, and think we should have sent him to his 70 virgins long ago…still the parallel is interesting.

LincolnI, for one, would like to see Lincoln back, of course with contemporary knowledge of what’s been happening in the world and to America.  I think he, like most of our forefathers, would be disheartened, if not sickened, but what America has become.  The liberal fed lack of self-reliance being the most offensive.  He was not one for big government, and was one for having mixed political opinions in his cabinet and in high government jobs.  I think he liked to see and hear the arguments among his own.  He was certainly our most insightful president, and had a wit uniquely his own.  I particularly enjoy his definition of tact:  “Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”  And he was among our most humble, saying, “I’ve endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice, and have received a great deal of kindness not quite free from ridicule.”

I, for one among many, I guess, would love to have his insight and wisdom back in the white house.  Lincoln was lost too soon, only beginning to shine, as his task of preserving the union was all encompassing.

I vote to bring Abe Lincoln back to the White House.

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