Open Thread Abe Lincoln Day
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809 in a one-room log cabin at Sinking Spring farm, south of Hodgenville in Hardin County, Kentucky. That's roughly 210 years ago today, folks.
"that lawless and mobocratic spirit ... which is already abroad in the land, and is spreading with rapid and fearful impetuosity, to the ultimate overthrow of every institution, or even moral principle, in which persons and have hitherto found security."
Welcome back my friends. Today we celebrate the birth of old Abe Lincoln, the legend and the 16th US president. He entangled affairs during portentous times -- Dred Scott, failure of the Whig party, beginning of republicanism, secession of the Confederate States, the 'Cival War', change to , Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, and the beginning of the Reconstruction. All while western territorial expansion "Indian Treaties", Indian wars and land grabs were ablaze. Defining moments in US history.
Known as a gifted orator, self-educated lawyer and part time abolitionist, he also tried his hand at banking and running an army. But theater was his downfall. Ever wonder why his image is stamped on our penny, the lowest valued coinage in the realm?
Hope there are enough of those brown wooden Lincoln logs around here to build debatable topics. Lay 'em out, notch them in and make your own cabin in the sticks. Then yell at all the trees about what you would do with a 'civil war'. The loss of regional control has never been the same. Some groups south of the Mason Dixon line (and out west) are still fighting the idea of a national state.
It seems like regional authority has the geographically local communities best interests in heart. Perhaps when the fed over-extends it's "god given' directive for subjugation, borders will become more malleable. Regional authority super-cedes national control. And local customs are the highest insurmountable vestiges our of true self rule. Organize and unionize! It's the democratic way.
"Young Lincoln" Bronze by Charles Keck, Chicago
A speech in defense of the Illinois State Bank, 1837
Abie Baby / Fourscore from Hair musical soundtrack 1979