Abe Lincoln Is Like Today’s Wisconsin Senate Democrats

Gotta love history!

Abraham Lincoln’s first success in the world of politics came when he won a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives. He learned the craft quickly and by 1840, he was in a life and death struggle with the Democrats over the Illinois State Bank in Springfield. This set the stage for one of the most bizarre episodes in the career of Abraham Lincoln.

   Now it just so happened that Illinois was in deep financial trouble in 1840.  Its bank  had given out more paper money than it had gold and silver in reserve. That’s when the Democrats saw their chance to destroy the despised institution. They agreed to allow it to suspend its obligation to exchange its paper money for specie, but only for the remainder of the legislative session.

That’s when Lincoln determined to keep the legislature in session in order to buy precious time for the bank to find a way to survive, and  that’s how he jumped into the national limelight on December 5, 1840. On that date, the Democrats proposed an early adjournment, knowing this would bring a speedy end to the State Bank. The Whigs tried to counter by leaving the capitol building before the vote, but the doors were locked. That’s when Lincoln made his move. He headed for the second story, opened a window and jumped to the ground!

   For a while Lincoln’s escape denied the House its quorum, but it didn’t last long. He was returned to the chambers and the House voted to adjourn.

   Although Abraham Lincoln wasn’t able to prevent the vote on adjournment that day, his determined antics put him in the media spotlight for the first time. The newspapers couldn’t resist telling their readers of  “Mr. Lincoln’s celebrated leap” from the 2nd story and how it “caused him no harm because his legs reached nearly from the window to the ground.”

 They knew they had not heard the last of Abraham Lincoln. Any politician who was willing to jump out of a window on principle was bound to amount to something some day. 

In Honor Of Abe Lincoln’s 202nd Birthday…Wit And Wisdom

There is no doubt that President Abraham Lincoln was the most important person to have held the office.  Some can argue strongly that President Washington, in making sure there was the first orderly election, deserves the honor fo most valuable to the nation.  But it was Lincoln who held the union together and forced a resolution on the wayward states.  Lincoln was the leader among leaders.

Today America celebrates his 202 birthday.  And for good reason.   There are few that ever leave such a fingerprint on history for the good.  While many along the paths of history are best known for the ruthless nature of their time in this world, Lincoln instead is recalled for the lifting of the people to a better place when the forces of history converged around him.

Today I want to post, in honor of this man, some of his wit and wisdom.  This column comes from a Fort Wayne, Indiana newspaper.

(Some of his quotations were used on more than one occasion and many attributed to him in some sources were not his at all.):

♦To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.

♦America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

♦The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.

♦People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.

♦Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.

♦Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.

♦Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

♦My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side.

♦I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.

♦I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me insufficient for that day.

♦Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

♦Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

♦Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

♦It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

♦How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.

♦If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?

♦It’s not me who can’t keep a secret. It’s the people I tell that can’t.

♦The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.

♦I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

♦Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.

♦It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

♦The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he makes so many of them.

♦And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.