A speech given at a Lincoln Day Dinner when serving as Chairman of the Franklin County Republicans in Franklin County Washington.

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, best 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."


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