If there was ever any person in history who understood the concepts I’ve been outlining in the past few weeks, that was Abraham Lincoln.
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”—Abraham Lincoln
He understood stoic concepts, and was not motivated by fear, but instead a love of his fellow man.
“Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. I, for one, have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed by my fellow man, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.”—Abraham Lincoln
Instead of attacking people he disagreed with, his goal was to win them over to his side for the benefit of BOTH of them.
“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”—Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln was not a power-mongering politician, acting on Nietzsche’s “master morality” but a public servant.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character give him power”—Abraham Lincoln.
Serving during one of the most divided times in the history of the country, Lincoln stood for the objective principles he knew to be right, not to satisfy his own ego, but because he knew what was right.
“Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged.”—Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
We need Lincoln Republicans once again to secure our individual liberties and remind the country that we can only succeed together.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.”—Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
The right must be willing to understand why the left has come to accept new forms of individuality, and the left must recognize that postmodernism provides the moral justification to secure our liberties, not take them away.