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Abraham Lincoln: His Words Live On!

Updated on November 5, 2012

I readily admit to being a Lincolnolic! I admire so much about the man, the principles he stood for, the strength he displayed, and the character of the man himself. No other President has served during a more tumultuous time in our nation’s history; an argument could be made for FDR, but Lincoln held the position when the unity of this nation was at stake, and for that reason he gets my nod.

I have poured over the words of Lincoln for years now, and today I’d like to share some of his sayings with you and see how they apply to our nation today. I’m wondering what Old Abe would think about the United States in 2012? Would he be proud? Would he be disgusted? Would he grab his coat, head to Washington D.C., and straighten out this whole mess, or would he simply shake his head and walk back into history?

Obviously we will never know, but I’d still like to share his words with you, and interject my own thoughts about how they apply today.

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SELF-DESTRUCTION

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

If we falter and lose our freedoms! Let me toss a question in your direction. Do you think we have lost freedoms over the past couple decades? From my standpoint, I think we most definitely lost freedoms after 9/11; with the creation of Homeland Security I think we have seen more and more of our privacy violated, and more instances of restraint of freedom of speech.

This sort of thing happens so quietly. One freedom, or one infringement on a freedom, happens, and nobody notices, or if they do they shake their head and shrug their shoulders. It was only one instance after all; it doesn’t mean anything.

But then another happens, and another, and a couple years pass and you realize that certain infringements are now taken for granted, and they have been expanded upon, and suddenly the Bill of Rights is looking a little tattered and frayed.

Our biggest concern is not the Arab world. Far from it! Our biggest concern is that we will forfeit freedoms won by the blood, sweat, and tears of our forefathers, and we will forfeit those freedoms to the very government that is sworn to serve us.

I am guessing that Lincoln would be disgusted if he were to live today. He would take a look at the special interest groups buying votes in Congress and he would grab a hickory stick and whip every last one of them, and then he would turn the stick on the Congressional leaders who allowed democracy to be purchased.

In the end, greed and the quest for power will destroy us from the inside out, just as it did the Roman Empire, the same empire our founders used as an example of what not to become.

THE VALUE OF LABOR

“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

Oh Mr. Lincoln, where are you when we need you? Read that quote again, will you? Capital is only the fruit of labor…..and it (labor) deserves much the higher consideration. Oh dear Lord, give me strength. At least one politician understood, but unfortunately for all of us laborers, he is dead.

I come from a family of laborers. My grandparents toiled on corn farms. My mother worked in a shipyard during WWII, and then worked retail for twenty years after that. My father worked a back-breaking manual labor job for twenty years after serving in WWII, and before that he rode the rails looking for work during the Great Depression.

My parents were both staunch union members, ever-fearful that the benefits and wages that they had fought so hard to earn would one day be snatched away from them by the companies they worked for. They could not envision a time when unions would become extinct like the dinosaurs, and when American products would be made in China and Taiwan.

Make no mistake about it, there have always been labor disagreements between Labor and Management, but for the most part there was a grudging respect and a common goal to keep churning out products that this country could be proud of. Those days are gone! At best we now see a feudal system of Lords, serfs and peasants, and the peasants (us) are on hands and knees in search of scraps.

President Lincoln….please….rise from the dead!

Dion

THE ESSENCE OF A PERSON

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

Am I the only one who thinks that character is in short supply today? When did compassion become passé? When did honesty become an inconvenience? When did morality become a four-syllable word whose meaning was corrupted by overindulgence?

Show me your essence is the real thing. Show me that you care for others, and you are capable of love towards your fellow man. If you can show me those things, then I am in your camp for a lifetime.

Lincoln has always been called “Honest Abe.” I wonder how the view is from up high, as he looks down on the deceit, the lack of empathy, and the callousness of his fellow man. Does he have hope for us? Does he consider us a failed experiment, or does he still see evidence of character. He warned us, 150 years ago, that corruption in government was like a virus with no cure; I wonder what he thinks today of that virus as it spreads unimpeded throughout society?

UNITED WE STAND; DIVIDED WE FALL

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Those words of Lincoln were spoken BEFORE the Civil War; the great man saw the division coming, and was convinced that this nation needed to remain as one, or as a nation we would fail the great experiment.

Today…..oh, today….we are as divided as we have ever been since 1865. The division today is between the haves and the have nots, and it is a division that grows larger daily. As a nation we became complacent, and then woke up one day and realized the world we grew up in no longer existed. Now what should we do?

The Age of Compromise is but a distant memory. Sides square off to do verbal battle in the Halls of Congress, and average people square off to do battle in the Halls of Social Services. The rich get richer….not a myth but fact….and the middle class is rapidly disappearing. The eyes of the average citizen are dulled; the stride shortened; the hope diminishing.

Lincoln’s plight was to find a way to bring together two diametrically opposed political viewpoints. The plight today is not one of politics, although we would love to blame the politicians. No, our plight today is an economic one, and the much-needed voice of reason and compromise is nowhere to be seen.

My Thoughts About Potential

REACH FOR THE STARS

“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.

Yes, man was made for immortality, and yet today we see so many embracing the mundane and reveling in mediocrity. Millions tune in to watch “reality tv” in hopes that fantasy will somehow infiltrate their empty lives. Millions settle for scraps when they were meant to dine at the head of the banquet table.

Corporations push aside social responsibility in order to pad the bottom line. We turn our heads in order not to see injustice, and the modern credo is every man and woman for themselves.

Lincoln understood that the only infinites are principles of fairness and compassion, freedom and love. Wealth and privilege are doomed to fail as they have throughout history. The selfish and the greedy will fall, as they have throughout history. Those who try to weaken this country will fall, as they have throughout history.

And so we wait, and we dream of the day when man will once again take his seat next to the immortals, as he has been destined to do.

The day is coming, and it will be a glorious day indeed. Liberty is a timeless concept, and if we have learned anything from history, it is that mankind will not be oppressed, will not be silenced, and will not be satisfied as long as man’s unlimited potential is chained.

WILL LINCOLN’S LEGACY CONTINUE?

It already does continue! Wherever one person stands up against injustice, Lincoln lives. Wherever one person refuses to be controlled, Lincoln lives. Wherever one person says no to slavery, whether it be political or economic, Lincoln lives.

His words call to us today….”that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom….and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from this earth.”

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      A wonderful hub that should be read by all...

      "Lincoln understood that the only infinites are principles of fairness and compassion, freedom and love."

      President Lincoln is one president that I admire so much. He got it right! His thinking was spot on, a man with a sound mind and loving heart. Thank you for such an inspiring hub filled with many things we should all strive for as a nation. Work, integrity, honesty, and fairness to all...

      God bless,

      Sunnie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Sunnie! I am still in awe of Lincoln; what an incredibly loving force. I am glad you enjoyed this and now I see you have a new Hub so off I go to see what you have written.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, Bill what can I say that I haven't said before on this. Truly pathetic as to the choice we do have with our election this year and know one can quite stack up to 'Honest Abe' and can agree with you on that. If I had to take a guess I'd say he is probably indeed rolling over in his proverbial grave at this point. Nicely said and just couldn't agree more with you on this one. Have of course voted and shared all over!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I have heard others say it's not fair to compare our candidates with the greats of the past, but why not? If they want that job then maybe they should raise their standards! Just sayin'.........thank you my dear. You have survived another Saturday; I hope you find some rest on this day of rest.

      bill

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      KevinC9998 4 years ago

      Bill: Awesome Hub and I love the videos. I recently read Lincoln on Leadership. I am now a fan of Abe and BillyBuc. Voted Up and Awesome, thanks, Kevin

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      I always admired Abraham Lincoln for his wisdom and leadership qualities. He went through many trials in his personal and professional life. He was very strong to emerge out of such trials in his life. The way he won many hearts, is really a commendable job. Salute to such a legend!

      This hub is a great tribute to that wonderful person. :-)

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      More than ever we need to take heed to Lincoln's words.

      Voted up and away

      Have a good day. :)

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      I was looking through a lot of sensus charts about who was the greatest president of all time and, on average, Lincoln was in the top 5, averaging to be the number 1 president of all time. His word definitely lives on. Great tribute, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kevin! I appreciate the visit and have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pooja and I agree completely....he was a great man, and we need more great men like him....in all countries!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, for sure, we need to take heed of his words. I wish we could clone him and let him run for Office again. :)

      Thank you my friend and have a fabulous Sunday!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keith, I'll have to do the same; I'm curious who the others were that people voted for.....FDR without a doubt....I'd have to give some serious thought to the other three.

      Thanks buddy, and have a great Sunday!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Not much to add, because Lincoln said it all and so right. Way before Civil War and WWII, he knew this Country would be as great as its people. But honest Abe got his enemies ready to put him down. Abe, FDR and maybe the next sought after Savior will prove to History that we are not the next Roman Empire ready to call it quits. Not myself nor you, nor Curiad, not even Mike. Hitherto, we are the new blood that want to (and will) keep this Country as it should be. Curiously, we have different backgrounds and races behind us, but we believe in our Nation, that is desperate for leaders who they would love to entrust their hopes. So help us God.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Oh my, your words this morning remind me of Mahatma Gandhi's words. He said - “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” For quite some time you have been on a journey of self discovery Bill and I think you have arrived. You have found your voice and are using it for the betterment of mankind. There is no greater purpose. I believe that the time will come when you will be known as one of the legendary writers of our time. Beautiful Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, your point is an excellent one my friend! We are from different backgrounds....different races.....different experiences.....and yet united in brotherhood, all seeking peace on this journey, all hoping that our country will reach its potential.

      Wonderful comment Joseph! I gladly walk alongside of you.

      Have a wonderful Sunday my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda.....wow....that was very kind of you! Thank you! I will be happy if I somehow make a difference in this world....if I somehow make people realize there is more to life than self-gratification.

      I have met some incredible people on this site.....you included....and I am encouraged. A day of rest today and then the battle continues tomorrow. Have a wonderful day, Linda!

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      Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      It's just a guess, but I think Jefferson would be among the top five. Washington is probably up there. By those who do not study history, Reagan is possibly among them for sentimental reasons. If not him, then Teddy Roosevelt for the same reasons.

      Lincoln gets my nod, though.

      William Henry Harrison pretty much went to bed and died as President. Despite that, four presidents are considered worse than him. Polk, who preceded Buchanan; Buchanan, who preceded Lincoln; and Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, are three of the four. It can be said, then, that Lincoln defied gravity by rising from amongst the lowest to amongst the highest.

      Lincoln also defied logic by taking advantage of every break life never gave him.

      Lincoln also defied math by taking one divided into two and coming out with one.

      Great hub, billy. I think that's just normal for you, though!

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      Fantastic hub and voted up! Lincoln is my favorite President as well and I too wish he were here instead of rolling over in his grave. We, as a Nation, have changed since 9/11 and it's only going to get worse. We The People need to take a stand.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent Bill! The candidates of today would be so wise as to be mindful of the past great presidents of our nation, especially Lincoln. This nation was made great by all who came from different backgrounds to unite for one common cause for the love of one's country. Those were the early patriots. We all can make that choice of standing together for the love of our nation. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tom, what a great comment. I would have to throw Hoover into the mix when speaking of the lowest of the low. All signs pointed towards disaster and he blithely clung to the old way of thinking. I doubt that historians have a great view of him.

      Thanks for that line....one divided into two and coming out with one!

      Have a great day my friend, and thank you for the compliment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sarra, I think many agree with you, that a stand has to be taken. I suspect we are all waiting for someone else to make the first stand and then many will follow.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith my dear, true words that you write! A common cause! What a concept! :)

      We can only hope that wise minds will step forward to pick up that common cause and elevate it for all.

      Thank you my dear; have a fantastic Sunday!

      Peace and happiness today and all days,

      bill

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      Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      Hoover was merely the fall guy. Though Hoover is barely above the Harrison-line, the fourth is Harding. He let cronies run things while he played poker and philandered his partial term into a decade of letting businesses run rampant.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Bill, I just wrote an essay for my class about martin Luther King Jr. In his speech of 28 August 1963, he spoke of "A Great Man" as follows:

      "Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation."

      The speech was literally "In the shadow" of the Lincoln memorial. I feel like you and Joseph and I and a few others have the responsibility to create this kind of message once again!

      Your writing gets better each day and your message is one of truth and Honor!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Let's see...unions (at least teachers' unions) are illegal in the state of North Carolina, and teachers get treated like crap here (part of why I quit). I have often thought about the Lincoln quote of a house divided, for surely our country is one right now. I have family members (my parents included) that we cannot talk politics or bad arguments will ensue. Since when can you not openly discuss the affairs of the world with family members? How does one even begin to re-unify this nation? The "haves" like it this way: divided, we can't unify under the dream to put this country back together. They just keep reveling in their kingdoms while they're turning the rest of us into serfs. Today it's more challenging to bring people together than it was in 1865: we have mindless TV to numb our minds, it's been so long since we've felt the need to "fight" for anything, and we've become so complacent. We don't help each other out, and keep to ourselves so much that the concept of community is no longer what it used to be. We see someone on the side of the road and pass by going "hmm...I hope that dude is all right" - I'm not above any of this...I'm just as much part of this culture and all its positives and negatives as anyone else. Now...to set about changing the nation. LOL.

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      whowas 4 years ago

      That's brilliant, really truly brilliant. I'm in the UK but we face exactly the same problems and issues.

      The threat from the Arab world was set going by Britain and America when we financed and set up the Taliban to fight against the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Most Muslims, regardless of what their Holy Book says - just read the Bible for equally horrid stuff - mean no ill. Think of the many who are British Citizens and American Citizens and live and would die for the freedoms their countries still maintain.

      No, the threat is from our leaders and from our own failure to keep true to more profound principles than the current political fads - of any time or administration - would distract us with.

      Mr. Lincoln was a fine man and I would that his words were inscribed on the hearts of any woman or man preparing for office in government or public service.

      Thank you for this rational and stirring piece which is both a homage to a great man of history and a clarion call to all we who step forward in the present.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I have on my to do list a hub about why I write. Your point will be in that hub....I write to raise awareness....to motivate....to inspire.....and to cause action. I think that is why I have gravitated to you, and Joseph, and Mike....we think alike....we see a higher calling in our writing and our actions.

      Thank you my friend. One day we will meet and have great things to discuss in person.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, that was eloquent, and I mean that sincerely. Yes, now, to set about changing the nation. That is why I write....I have, for lack of a better phrase, a calling. I may never make money from my writing, but I am going to reach as many people as I possibly can with my message, that we need to come together as a people, set aside our petty differences, and concentrate on those things we have in common. That is the only way we are going to survive.

      Thanks Sis! I love your heart!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Whowas, thank you so much! I do not recognize my nation any longer. We have morphed into this self-serving beacon of greed and power, and I do not approve nor will I shut up about it. I can raise awareness through my writing, and I can cause reflection. Those are steps in the right direction.....and so I write.

      I appreciate you taking the time on a Sunday to leave a very meaningful and heartfelt comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well said Tom! Thanks a bunch, and have a great day in T-Town!

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      Jordanwalker39 4 years ago from GA

      This was a awe-inspiring hub. I also love Lincoln and admire the guy. I am glad you wrote this, it is a very enjoyable read. voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jordan, it's hard not to like the guy! Thanks for the visit buddy; have a great Sunday!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Abe Lincoln has already re-risen, Billy. Lincoln is within all of us that refuse to bow to and take the almighty dollar. Lincoln smiles upon those the refuse to hurt others and fail to take responsibility for our actions. There will always be Lincolns out there. The key is for the Lincolns to infiltrate the government and do what is right. His best attributes were his wisdom and his thought for putting the correct words into what he really meant.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Truer words were never spoken, Deb! I'm right alongside you as we do our part to make sure his legacy lives on!

      Thank you!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Dear Mr. Holland......I read the chapter and wanted to complete the assignment, but I'm afraid I can't write even one paragraph. There are too many words and phrases that I don't understand.....and they are not in our new dictionary. I mean, I think I might have ....sort of...heard my parents use these words once or twice, but I guess I wasn't paying attention to what they were saying........Anyway, here are the words I just don't GET.

      1. freedoms 2. labor 3. Character 4. Honesty....5. United. 6. Reach for the Stars

      Thank you, 2nd student, 3rd row.....

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      An excellent hub on very creative topic!

      How much Lincoln is loved today can easily be determined from looking at the number of people who visit Lincoln Memorial. As part of an assignment sometimes ago, I was asking visitors on the purpose of their visit to the Memorial and what they thought of Abe. The answer reflected that these two weren't discrete events. Simply put, they were visiting the Memorial because they thought Abe was truly a great President and a great human being and they wanted to pay him a homage.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Sadly I think this country will remain divided for a very very long time and it is getting worse, not better. Insightful hub!

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      Sam Graham 4 years ago from Australia

      Great hub. What a legend. So insightful. Isnt it amazing what we are capable of? Thanks for sharing.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      That Lincoln guy was sure a smart one :) I think he would be disappointed in the US right now... but I bet he would be really interested in the election! Good hub and I enjoyed learning more about Lincoln's quotes.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      A real Tribute of Love and Admiration for Lincoln, Bill. Simply a Treasure to read and Enjoy. He has always been my Hero too. Great Quotes. However, having said that...Lincoln would not have liked the World we live in today...It would have been Shocked , But, he would have found a Solution. I think he would have voted for Romney...found him Honest, and caring. So I still see Hope for the Future of the American People, it is called our VOTING. Thanks for sharing a Thought provoking Hub Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dear 2nd student, 3rd row!

      First of all, stop shooting spitwads at me when I turn my back, or I'll haul your butt down to the office.

      Secondly, we have a thing called a dictionary, and all those words can be found in it. Or.....now this is a radical idea....have your parents start teaching those things to you AND have them model that kind of behavior for you!

      Paula, you never fail to entertain me. Thank you my dear friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, great comment! Thank you for sharing that with us. I think in most of the U.S., Lincoln is revered by most citizens. He is the pinnacle we hope our politicians will strive for. Sadly, most miss the mark by a great deal.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I am of the belief that you are correct....this division is just too large. Thank you; I'm on my way to your site now.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Samnashy, exactly! We are capable of so much more. Thank you for saying it all!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Christy, and I think you are right....he would be front row for the debates.....probably heckling! :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, I will always have hope, but my resolve is being tested of late. :) I hope we, as a nation, turn this around soon while there is still time.

      Thank you; I'm heading to your site now.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I believe most people still believe Lincoln was the greatest president the US every had. What a remarkable man who lived his life for the people and modeled integrity. I believe he would be dissatisfied, to say the least, with our current government practice and policies. Thank you for reminding us of what a real leader values and how they think.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I'm looking on the horizon and I don't see Lincoln's successor. I'm filled with hope; I just wish that person would hurry up and get here. :) Thank you!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      "Let me toss a question in your direction" along with that question you tossed a lot of great thoughts and ideas..."greed and the quest for power will destroy us from the inside out" truer words were never spoken by you or Lincoln...we cannot help others until we learn to help ourselves, now, before it is too late...pray that we continue to be a nation UNDER GOD and our nation (of the people, by the people, and for the people) as it should be will come back to us.

      Voted this up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared with my users.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Billy, as always your wisdom leads the way for us. Lincoln was one of, if not the greatest President in our nation's history. When I think of his statue, sitting in our capitol, hands securely on the arms of his chair, he must be weeping. What this nation has become under the leadership we have endured over the past 50 years is deplorable. The house is divided, and may not stand without an intervention by the people. Thank you again, Billy. Your words ring truer now more than ever.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Archer, I greatly appreciate your words. I may not be able to do much, but I can at least raise the awareness in this country, and hopefully get a discussion going that will lead to more discussions. I know of no other way to change the deplorable activities we are witnessing daily.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, thank you! There are some very special people I am honored to know on HP, and you are certainly one of them. Not because you say nice things about me....:)....but because you have compassion and truly care about people. You are one of the good guys!

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Lincoln is my hero, too! Wonderfully written and presented, Bill. Love the house divided cannot stand quote. Happy Election season.... best, Steph

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, you had me laughing with the "Happy Election season" comment. Thank you; any friend of LIncoln's is a friend of mine! :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      :-) Oh yeah!

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      thank you for this billy. Lincoln is one of my heroes. His coat is probably tattered from rolling over in his grave. Lincoln to me was wise in the wisdom of God. He was a man of great faith and wasn't too proud to admit his absolute necessity to be on his knees. He suffered suicidal depression most of his adult life and considering the unimaginable circumstances our county was in on his watch must have been beyond overwhelming, and yet he persevered. His heart was bleeding for this country and he stood the test well. I liked your selection of quotes, especially the one about labor and capitol. There is such a sense of entitlement these days and everything seems to be driven by power and greed. One of Lincoln's more beloved quality was his humility. I can't remember the last time I saw someone in the government that humble, and least not anyone who is nationally prominent. I for one think Lincoln was right in that the only hope for our country is a return to God. People are too corrupt and godless. His faith in God is what we should be emulating.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lamb, I find nothing to argue about in your comments and everything to agree with. :) Lincoln was a remarkable human being, and his faith was extremely important to him. What a wonderful example of what man can become.....I have read about him for many, many hours, and most people are not aware of his humility. Thank you for a wonderful comment.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. My Lincoln favorite is the Gettysburg Address. In a few words it says so much. But it also contains a truth that is sadly coming true.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill -

      Another strong showing! Btw, Lincoln's final words were uttered from above, "How'd the play end?" Seriously, as we've talked many times, the world is in sad shape. Other countries have revolted against unjust governments and freedom fighters still fight battles against unjust governments. One wonders how much the citizens of the U.S. will take before finally saying the words, "I'm not gonna take it anymore!" Greece, the parent of democracy, proved it could not exist because of the greed man exhibited. I believe we've done the same. Great Job!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Sigh..i share your fears, Bill - you know i do! I've copied and pasted the quote onto my fb page with a ty to you - but - i'm afraid it will have no impact whatsoever! When i write about politics now (and i've written about US politics for years) - it's...different! The reactions are one of 2: Agreement - or RAGE! And those who disagree are not interested in any type of compromise - any type of cooperation - or any type of facts - they are interested only in WINNING..

      What they refuse to see is that in 'winning' they are only losing..

      While they quote parts of the constitution they conveniently leave others out - and nobody gives a care about their neighbor anymore - let em starve, let em die - it's all about me, me, me!

      Abraham Lincoln would be more than disgusted - he wouldn't even recognize the country he brought together!

      As always - a brilliant write - but, such a sad one...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, the Gettysburg Address was pure genius, although it was met with indifference when he gave it. I think I heard he wrote it on the train on the way to Gettysburg.

      Yes, I do believe that truth is coming true.

      Thank you Martin!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, I believe the same thing, and I believe we are on that road to revolution. Rich, I really appreciate you always reading and commenting. It means a great deal to me. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, I will not participate in a political debate. There is too much rage and when rage enters the picture, logic leaves the house.

      This is a sad hub, although I really wanted the end to be hopeful. I will feel more hopeful when I see people around me waking up to the truth.

      Thank you my dear; have a great week.

      bill

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      To show my loyalty I am sitting over bent to catch the wi fi....on the dock where our boat is. Never miss a billybuc hub...This is great as all of yours are...I know I am really suffering but someone has to do it.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You are singing my song in this hub, billy. The farther this nation gets from our constitution and being under God, the more America disappears. It is frightening to say the least. I fear we have waited too long to stand together, for while we stood watching we allowed our rights to become a thing of the past. Is it too late? I guess each of us waited for someone else to stop it, you think? If you have answers I am listening.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The first comment, ( Sunnie ) is exactly how I feel. We are so divided in this country. I wonder if it will ever change?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Carol, you win the award for most dedicated follower this week. LOL Thank you my friend and I hope you enjoy the sun and surf this week.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I sense serious problems down the road, and I don't have a clue what to do other than raise awareness and hope someone listens. I agree that America is disappearing, and what I find most disturbing is that few seem to be aware of it.

      Thank you my friend; hope springs eternal, but it is flickering right now!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know, Ruby, but I certainly hope we wake up as a nation before it is too late. I am hopeful...still....barely. :)

      Thank you my friend and have a great week!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Abraham Lincoln was a very remarkable man and leader. He will still and always will remain a remarkable man and a great leader in the hearts and minds of good people. Some of his quotes that I like:

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

      “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

      “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”

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

      “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.”

      ― Abraham Lincoln

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Coffee, he was a very unassuming man, but in his own way, a genius!

      Thank you for sharing some of your favorite quotes!

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      HLPhoenix 4 years ago

      A great Hub, timely and to the point... Lincoln is a rock to hang onto... while the hurricane of greed swirling around us... trys to wrest the Freedoms both he and we so value, from our grasp.

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      billybuc; Voted up, useful and beautiful!

      I LOVE LINCOLN! What an incredible man, and thank you for presenting him on HubPages...tremendous information not to mention inspirational! For years I have read and valued so many of Lincoln's quotes.

      I especially loved your examples at the end where you added, "Lincoln Lives!"

      FYI: There is a movie coming soon, maybe in 2013 titled "Lincoln". You can probably google "Movie Lincoln Trailer" and watch the coming attraction on the internet. Daniel Day Lewis is going to play Lincoln.

      I saw the trailer at the movie theatre last week and it looks phenomenal. I am definitely going to see it.

      Also, I have been to Gettysburg three times in the last few years. There is an actor there who plays Lincoln. He does a tremendous presentation on stage, then answers questions from the audience. Words cannot describe it...you would think he was Lincoln himself. I have visited the spot where he gave the Gettysburg address and I have been on several tours. The atmosphere in Gettysburg is very surreal, and you can almost FEEL an aura that is hard to describe.

      My friend and I stay at a haunted bed and breakfast. I am pretty certain you read my hub titled "Are there ghosts in Gettysburg?"

      My friend and I are hoping to plan another trip there. I would go every year if I could.

      Thank you for this remarkable hub and for sharing Lincoln's valuable words which I know will never die. He is surely a man who has made a difference...just like you are with the blessings you are providing to so many with your hubs. BLESSINGS, Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I fear you are very accurate in your summary. I hope we turn the tide before it is too late. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, I am always so happy to see you visit! I hope I haven't missed anything by you; my notifications are spotty at best, and I seem to always be playing catch up.

      Bev and I are definitely going to see that movie; we have November 9th marked on our calendar. Spielberg is directing it so there is no way I'm missing it.

      As for Gettysburg, my son and I visited there back in 1997 and it was exactly as you describe it....surreal. I had a sense of being in a religious place, almost like a church, and I had goosebumps as I moved about the place. I am so happy that you experienced the same thing.

      I hope you are well my dear; thank you so much for your kind words. I cherish your friendship though we have never met.

      Blessings and peace to you,

      bill

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      REACH FOR THE STARS

      “Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”

      Great words in a great hub. so interesting and left much food for thought. Another great masterpiece.

      Thanks for sharing as always my dear friend Billy.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, writing about Lincoln is very easy; the man speaks for himself.

      Thank you my friend. Wishing you peace and happiness, today and always

      bill

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Besides WWII, Lincoln is my favorite subject. I am always surprised by the endless insight this man had. He was certainly ahead of his time. Although I would hesitate to see his reaction as to the state of the globe today.

      Fine job Billy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Beckie! I was a Civil War guy first, WWII guy second, and I love Lincoln. Such wisdom from such a humble man.

      I hope you are well; sending all my best to you.

      bill

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      Skarlet 4 years ago from California

      Nice job billybuc,

      I am also a Lincolnolic. I started by reading Unknown Lincoln by Dale Carnegie, and I have continue to devour what ever I can find on this man. His speeches so impressive.

      I just can't miss the Lincoln exhibit at Disneyland, no matter how often I see it.

      It makes me feel like I am actually seeing Lincoln come to life.

      Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Skarlet, if you are a moviegoer, then don't miss "Lincoln" Nov 9th.....Spielberg directs it and it looks fantastic.

      Thanks for the visit and the great comment.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      I'm also a Lincolnolic. He stood for so many good things as you outlined here. I personally think we need another leader like Lincoln to get our country headed in the right direction. What a great tribute Bill! Kelley

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kelley! Lincoln makes it easy to write tributes. :) If there is another one out there like him, I sure haven't seen them yet.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Lincoln and Jefferson are two of my favorites. To walk in their footsteps in Washington, DC really brought their lives and their words to life for me. Great hub, Bill. Voted up and more.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks TT! I actually had tears in my eyes standing at the top of the Lincoln Memorial! I appreciate the visit!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Very powerful word, Bill. Lincoln was a believer in mankind. For that he was killed. What do we do today? Overthrow the government? Seriously, what can we do today?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Take care of ourselves and our loved ones! I would be more grandiose and talk about working within the system, but the system is so broken that I don't see the point in it. :) Thank you my dear!

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      Skarlet 4 years ago from California

      Thank you billybuc.

      I will definitely see the Lincoln movie. I never miss a Lincoln experience.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great Skarlet; I hope it's as good as it looks.

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      Very inspiring and important words, William! I love that you took meditations from Lincoln and applied them to the United States and the state of the union today. With me you are preaching to the choir. I agree with, support, and embrace every last point you made in this important hub. I hope it reaches millions: truly. Even the most jaded corporate lackey would take pause to listen, and perhaps even heed, your words. God bless you, dear William!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dancing (I always hesitate to use someone's real name without permission).....you are always so uplifting in your comments. If science could just find a way to bring Lincoln back from the dead, maybe we could get on the right path again in this country. Probably too much to hope for, don't you think? :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Mr. Lincoln, where are you today? What man or woman is in our midst as we speak waiting to march forward being Mr. Lincoln's voice of today? I am Pollyanna to an extent. I believe there are Mr. and Ms. Lincoln's waiting to step forward. I agree that there is a lot Abe would shake his head at and throttle many. I also am hopeful that the tide will turn and we will find our way out of this mess we find ourselves in.

      Ok, Mr. President....it is time for you to step up. Your voice speaks for many, Billy....thanks ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I sure hope you are correct....I will be front and center when the next Lincoln steps up to lead this nation. As for me, I think I'll just do my damage from behind the scenes. :)

      Thank you my friend; have a great weekend and stay dry if possible!

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      By Lori 4 years ago from USA

      he was a great person - and had a sad life in so many ways too,like the death of his son.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, he did have a very sad life.....and yet accomplished so much.

      Thank you!

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      HLPhoenix 4 years ago

      I really wish I had a printer... just sharing this Hub can't possibly give it the attention I feel it needs. I have always loved Lincoln, but love the founding principles of this Country even more... it is horrifying to see how much ground has been lost after so much was gained. The Founders tried so hard to set up a Nation where all the people had an opportunity to succeed. Today, helping the rich become a class beyond reach seems a deliberate effort made by our leaders... by eliminating regulations to stop rampant greed from destroying our economy...by cutting education, food programs and so many other supports that allow the less fortunate to step up the ladder of success, they have managed to succeed beyond their wildest expectations. You are right Billbuc, we are becoming a Nation of Lords, Serfs and Peasants... and still it is apparently not enough. No one can expect our Politicians to do it for us... they need to 'see' us in the streets and 'hear' from us on the phones, by mail and e-mail, in the end it is up to each of us personally to let them know how we feel... if we don't, unfortunately we face continued loss of our Rights and our Opportunities... and it will be our our own personal fault for not taking action ourselves. Thank you Billy for this wonderful Hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      HLPhoenix, thank you for your kind words. I'm the guy that stands on the mountaintop and shouts to anyone will listen that we have problems that can't be ignored. Few listen but still, we need those guys, don't we? Complacency has made too many people blind to the problems that are increasing daily in this country.

      I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a great message. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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      HLPhoenix 4 years ago

      We definitely need those guys... don't stop. And Happy Holidays to you and yours as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you HLPhoenix!

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