warned, January 27, 1837:
"At what point then is
the approach of danger
to be expected?
I answer, if it ever reach us,
it must spring up amongst us
; it cannot come from abroad.
If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher.
As a nation of freemen we must live through all time, or die by suicide."
stated at Edwardsville, Illinois, September 11, 1858:
"What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence?
It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, our army and our navy.
These are not our reliance against tyranny. All of those may be turned against us ...
Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us.
Our defense is in the spirit which prized liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere.
Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism at your own doors
... you have lost the genius of your own independence
and become the fit subjects of
the first cunning tyrant who rises among you."
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wrote to William Dodge, February 23, 1861:
Freedom is the natural condition of the human race
, in which the
intended men to live.
Those who fight the purpose of the Almighty will not succeed."
Reflecting on the slavery in the Southern Democrat states,
wrote to H.L. Pierce on April 6, 1859:
"This is a world of compensation ...
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and under a just God, cannot long retain it."
This could also be said of those supporting abortion today, as
wrote in "Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation" (
The Human Life Review
recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should be
Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to
closed a debate with Judge Douglas, 1858:
"That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent.
It is the eternal struggle
between these two principles -- right and wrong -- throughout the world.
They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle."
stated in his First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861:
"If the policy of the Government upon vital questions affecting the whole people
is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court
, the instant they are made ..
. the people will have ceased to be their own rulers.
addressed the question as to whether the courts are masters over the people, or are the people masters over the courts (
The Political Debates Between Lincoln and Douglas,
of these United States are t
he rightful MASTERS
of both Congresses and
made a similar statement to William Johnson in 1823:
"But the Chief Justice says, 'There must be an ULTIMATE ARBITER somewhere.' True, there must ... The ULTIMATE ARBITER is THE PEOPLE."
stated at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, February 22, 1861:
"I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the
Declaration of Independence.
I have often pondered over the dangers which were incurred by the men who ... adopted that
Declaration of Independence
I have pondered over the toils that were endured by the officers and soldiers of the army ...
I have often inquired of myself, what great principle or idea it was that kept this Confederacy so long together.
... It was not the mere matter of the separation of the Colonies from the mother land; but
something in that Declaration
giving liberty, not alone to the people of this country,
but hope to the world for all future time.
It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights would be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an
This is the sentiment embodied in that Declaration of Independence
Now, my friends,
can this country be saved? ...
If it can, I will consider myself one of the happiest men in the world, if I can help to save it.
If it cannot be saved upon that principle, it will be truly awful.
But if this country cannot be saved without giving up that principle ... I would rather be assassinated on this spot than surrender it."
On FEBRUARY 11, 1861, newly elected as President,
left Springfield, Illinois for Washington, D.C., never to return. He stated:
"I now leave, not knowing when or whether ever I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington.
the assistance of that Divine Being
who ever attended him, I cannot succeed.
With that assistance I cannot fail.
Trusting in Him who can go with me and remain with you, and be everywhere for good ...
Let us all pray that the God of our fathers may not forsake us now."