Abraham Lincoln, one of our greatest and our first Republican President
was born Feb. 12, 1809.
At the young age of 56, Lincoln was shot dead by an assassin. As the
mortally wounded President slumped in his rocking chair, his assailant
said only, "Sic semper tyrannis" which means, "Thus ever to tyrants".
And yet John Wilkes Booth could not have chosen a man less like a tyrant
to kill. Lincoln's constant reference and dogged adherence to the United
States Constitution throughout his presidency had made him a spiritual
descendant of that document's Framers.
Perhaps Lincoln understood better than most that UNITY,
ONENESS, SOLIDARITY, FELLOWSHIP, HARMONY, AND WHOLENESS AS A NATION,
come from adherence to the original Constitutional Principles that made
this Country unique and strong from it's beginnings.
The Preamble of the constitution reads;
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more
perfect Union... establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide
for the common defense, promote the
general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our
Posterity, do ordain
and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Abe Lincoln said:
"To the support of the Constitution and laws, let every American
pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember
that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and
to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty. Let reverence
for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to her babe... taught
in schools ... written in primers ... 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."
If Abe Lincoln stood here in front us today, representing our Great
Republican party, he would say what he has said before, that "a
house divided cannot stand," and
it is my personal belief that any Political Party NOT in support of The
Constitution of the United States in the tradition of the Founding Fathers,
"will not stand" in UNITY.
Let us resolve to go back to those principles of the Constitution that
made us great...so as Lincoln said;
"...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."