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Must Remember.

August 1, 2009

I’m tired of hearing Lincoln and the Founders used by the likes of the Republicans to back their ideas of what the Republic should be.

I found this on my old blog that I’m retrofitting to something new…

One must remember that the monuments that we have to great men, Washington, Lincoln and so on do not represent the men that they are named for but the ideas which they are remembered for.

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  1. August 3, 2009 1:31 am

    The former presidents who stand taller in the perspective of history have achieved their recognition posthumously. During their tumultuos and confusing days of service, conflicting voices and protectors of privilege attacked their leadership. No one during their lifetime would presume they merited exalted recognition by irritating and pushing the country during times of conflict.
    History clarifies the significance of their action during times of confusion. Ideas do not change history, actions to bring ideas to reality change history. It seems ridiculous to pretend to claim they are heirs apparent to any historical figure. Each has to face unique challenges today, not follow steps of past conflicts that do not exist today.
    Abraham Lincoln’s life and service as well as Teddy Roosevelt’s life were dramatically different but shared traits of determination and ruthless action when needed. We need leaders of action, not necessarily new ideas. Very few leaders are thinkers.

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