On January 27, 1837, Lincoln warns, "When should we expect a dangerous approach? I answer that if it ever comes to us, it must arise among us; it can not come from abroad. If destruction is our lot, we must be the author and the finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live through all the times or die by suicide. "
Lincoln told Edwardsville, Illinois, on September 11, 1858: "What constitutes the bulwark of our own freedom and independence? They are not our frowned ramparts, our bristling ribs, our army and our navy. This is not our dependence on tyranny. All these can be returned against us. … Our confidence is in the love of the freedom that God has planted in us. Our defense is in the spirit that values freedom as the heritage of all men in all countries of the world. Destroy this spirit and you have sown the seeds of despotism at your own doors … you have lost the genius of your own independence and you become the good subject of the first crafty tyrant that rises among you.
On February 23, 1861, Lincoln wrote to William Dodge: "Freedom is the natural condition of the human race, in which the Almighty wanted men to live. Those who fight for the purpose of the Almighty will not succeed. "
Reflecting on slavery in the Southern Democratic states, Lincoln wrote to H.L. Pierce on April 6, 1859: "It is a world of compensation. … Those who deny the freedom of others do not deserve it for themselves and, under a righteous God, can no longer keep it. "
The same can be said of abortion advocates today, as Ronald Reagan wrote in "Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation" (Journal of Human Life, 1983). ): "Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land while some decide that others are not fit to be free and must be slaves. … Similarly, we can not survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and must be abandoned to abortion. "
Lincoln closes a debate with Judge Douglas, 1858: "This is the question that will continue in this country when these poor languages of Judge Douglas and myself will remain silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles – right and wrong – around the world. These are the two principles that have clashed since the beginning of time and will continue to struggle. "
In his inaugural address on March 4, 1861, Lincoln declared, "If the policy of the government on vital issues that concern the whole people must be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, when they are taken, the people will have stopped. to be their own leaders. "
Abraham Lincoln asked whether the courts are the masters of the people or the masters of the people ("The Political Debates Between Lincoln and Douglas," 1897): "The people of these United States are the legitimate masters of congresses and tribunals. "
Thomas Jefferson made a similar statement to William Johnson in 1823: "But the Chief Justice stated," There must be an ultimate arbiter somewhere. True, it must. … The supreme arbiter is the peope.
Lincoln told Independence Hall, Philadelphia, on February 22, 1861: "I have never had a political sentiment that is not born from the sentiments expressed in the Declaration of Independence. I've often thought about the dangers faced by men who … have adopted this declaration of independence. I've been thinking about the task ahead of officers and soldiers of the army. … I have often wondered what great principle or idea this Confederation remained so long together. This was not the simple question of the separation of the colonies from the mother country; but something in this declaration that gives freedom, not only to the people of this country, but a hope to the world for all times. This is what promised that in due time the weights would be removed from the shoulders of all men and that all would have an equal chance. It's the feeling embodied in this declaration of independence. Now, my friends, can this country be saved? … if he can, I will consider myself one of the happiest men in the world, if I can help save him. If it can be saved on this principle, it will be really terrible. But if this country can not be saved without renouncing this principle. … I'd rather be murdered here than give it back.
On February 11, 1861, newly elected president, Abraham Lincoln left Springfield, Illinois for Washington, DC, never to return. He said, "I'm leaving now, not knowing when or if ever I'll be able to come back, with an even bigger task than Washington's. Without the help of this Divine Being who has never attended, I can not succeed. With this help, I can not fail. Confident in Him who can accompany me and stay with you and be everywhere for good. … Let us all pray that the God of our fathers will not abandon us now. "
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