Lincoln Our Contemporary




“Many free countries have lost their liberty, and ours may lose hers; but if she shall, be it my proudest plume, not that I was the last to desert, but that I never deserted her. I know that the great volcano at Washington, aroused and directed by the evil spirit that reigns there, is belching forth the lava of political corruption in a current broad and deep, which is sweeping with frightful velocity over the whole length and breadth of the land, bidding fair to leave unscathed no green spot or living thing; while on its bosom are riding, like demons on the waves of hell, the imps of that evil spirit, and fiendishly taunting all those who dare resist its destroying course with the hopelessness of their effort;  and, knowing this, I cannot deny that all may be swept away. Broken by it I, too, may be; bow to it I never will.

The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.  If ever I feel the soul within me elevate and expand to those dimensions not wholly unworthy of its almighty Architect, it is when I contemplate the cause of my country deserted by all the world beside, and I standing up boldly and alone, and hurling defiance at her victorious oppressors.  Here, without contemplating consequences, before high heaven and in the face of the world, I swear eternal fidelity to the just cause, as I deem it, of the land of my life, my liberty, and my love.

And who that thinks with me will not fearlessly adopt the oath that I take? Let none falter who thinks he is right, and we may succeed. But if, after all, we shall fail, be it so. We still shall have the proud consolation of saying to our consciences, and to the departed shade of our country’s freedom, that the cause approved of our judgment, and adored of our hearts, in disaster, in chains, in torture, in death, we never faltered in defending.

Abraham Lincoln, Speech, Springfield, Illinois, Dec 20, 1839

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. The choice is Liberty or Democrat.

    Maybe a viral theme for a bumper sticker or tee-shirt.

    3 . . . 2. . . 1 . . . FASCISTS!

  2. Abraham Lincoln ‘rocks’.
    Tuesday’s news will be like last week’s weather radar – riveting.

    The morning paper (speaking of that certainly erupting volcano) with Tuesday’s elections to cover, says that Sen. Scott Brown, R – MA is leading in a poll of Mass. voters and remains popular with women despite his stance on “a health care bill that would have allowed any business or insurer to deny coverage of any procedure or prescription they said contradicts their moral or religious convictions.” Then – about the poll originating in WMass etc. …

  3. Thank you for this Donald McClarey. “…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, andthat government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln

  4. Obama’s First Amendment rights end where my First Amendment rights begin. “One person cannot own another person”…Abraham Lincoln.
    The muslims defaced their holy book, the Koran with counter intelligence scribbling. American soldiers burnt the counter intelligence scribbling and the defaced Koran. Had Allah caught the muslims defacing the Koran and not trusting in his Divine Providence, the muslims would have had hell to pay. Instead the muslims killed two honest American men. Allah where is thy Justice?
    Our Creator, in endowing sovereign personhood, also watches over us with His Divine Providence. In today’s reading, Abraham took his beloved son, Isaac, to the land of Moriah, there to be sacrificed to the one True God. Abraham consented to offer up his beloved son. Isaac consented to do the will of his father obediently. God said: 1) Human sacrifice was never acceptable to Him. Infanticide in sacrifice to Molech was done, never again, to be done. 2) Isaac’s consent in obedience to his father, Abraham, was valid. Isaac did not have the sovereign authority to countermand God’s will in the matter of human sacrifice. 3) Almighty God, Himself, validated Isaac’s civil rights as a person to be owned by no one other than God. 4) The human person cannot consent to crime against another person or himself as every human being is the intellectual property of our Creator. Only God has a copyright on his beloved people. 5) As an example of Divine Providence, the sacrifices of Abraham and Isaac brought the will of God to bear on the whole of humankind.
    One person’s First Amendment civil rights end where another person’s First Amendment civil rights begin. Exit abortion. Cloning without informed consent and with informed consent. A person cannot consent to an aberration, to a crime, to injustice. One person cannot own another person. Enter sovereign immunity.

  5. “We still shall have the proud consolation of saying to our consciences…”

    I am sorry President Lincoln. That conscience is now the property of the U.S. government.

    Excellent speech. Very picturesque. I wish modern politicians were so bold.

  6. Interestingly, the remarks were made regarding the debate about maintaining American sovereignty in the face of European banking syndicates, and the establishment of an ominously Fed-like National Bank.

    Research “Lincoln’s Bank Wars” and see the parallels between what was becoming a major fuse in the impending Civil War, and those of today. Those who forget, repeat . . .

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