THE FOCUS (2/12/2021)
Liberty & Tyranny
Liberty is a just God-given right, not a man-given right
The alliance of the American left (the Democratic Party, the media, the Big Tech, the Big Corporations) are now trying to silence their political opposition, depriving them of their basic liberty—their freedom of expression. It hasn’t reached yet a complete shutdown of their first amendment, but it is creeping quickly toward that stage.
Even Lincoln himself is not immune to the left as they tore down or removed his statue and decided to rename the school that bears his name. Whatever the left thinks of him, Lincoln was a champion of liberty. Let’s soak up some of his immortal words and wisdom which serve as a reminder that liberty is not man-given right, but it is a just God-given right.
As the old saying goes, "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have." Similarly, “An entity big enough to facilitate your first amendment is an entity big enough to take away your right to your first amendment”.
Abraham Lincoln’s Words and Wisdom
"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it."
"America will not be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedom, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
"Government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power."
"I think we have fairly entered upon a durable struggle as to whether this nation is to ultimately become all slave or all free, and though I fall early in the contest, it is nothing if I shall have contributed, in the least degree, to the final rightful result."
--December 8, 1858 Letter to H.D. Sharpe
"Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them."
--May 17, 1859 Letter to Theodore Canisius
"On the question of liberty, as a principle, we are not what we have been. When we were the political slaves of King George, and wanted to be free, we called the maxim that "all men are created equal" a self-evident truth; but now when we have grown fat, and have lost all dread of being slaves ourselves, we have become so greedy to be masters that we call the same maxim "a self evident lie."
--August 15, 1855 Letter to George Robertson
Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere.
--September 11, 1858 Speech at Edwardsville, Illinois
"We have, as all will agree, a free Government, where every man has a right to be equal with every other man. In this great struggle, this form of Government and every form of human right is endangered if our enemies succeed."
--August 22, 1864 Speech to the One Hundred Sixty-fourth Ohio Regiment
"I appeal to you again to constantly bear in mind that with you, and not with politicians, not with Presidents, not with office-seekers, but with you, is the question, "Shall the Union and shall the liberties of this country be preserved to the latest generation?"
--February 11, 1861 Speech to Gov. Morton in Indianapolis
"I have understood well that the duty of self-preservation rests solely with the American people."
--January 19, 1863 Letter to the Workingmen of England
"...I do not mean to say that this government is charged with the duty of redressing or preventing all the wrongs in the world; but I do think that it is charged with the duty of preventing and redressing all wrongs which are wrongs to itself."
--September 17, 1859 Speech at Cincinnati, Ohio
"The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves -- in their separate, and individual capacities."
--July 1, 1854 [?] Fragment on Government.
From his Address at a Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Apr. 18, 1864:
"The world has never had a good definition of liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in need of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.
With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name — liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names — liberty and tyranny."
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