Lincoln vs. Obama

You know, there’s something that’s been on my mind lately that I just can’t reconcile.  I’m a conservative.  I believe in a smaller government that lets the people decide how to live their lives, spend their money and raise their children.  I believe that teaching a man to fish serves him better throughout his lifetime than simply handing him a fish.  I believe this country has been made great by people who worked hard to have more than their parents did, who thought it’s better to do for themselves than to let someone else do for them.

I could keep going, but that’s really not the exact point I’m trying to make.  The thing that’s been bothering me is this:  Often times during his campaign and throughout his presidency, Obama has said that his favorite president, the one he looks up to and studies is Abraham Lincoln.  But if this is true, than either I need to brush up on my history or Obama needs to take a step back and compare his philosophies of government to his presidential idol’s.

Here’s a Lincoln quote… see if it lines up with what Obama’s been trying to do in this country over the past year:

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative… and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

And now, here’s a very famous and much talked about quote from Obama during his campaign:

“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

I could go on with quote after quote from each president, but I’m not trying to write a book here.  I just wanted to get my thoughts out on the table.  Now, I’m certainly not saying that Obama isn’t allowed to admire Lincoln… Lincoln’s a great president to admire.  But call a spade a spade, Obama.  The two of you don’t have the same philosophies on how to make (or keep) this country great.  How can he be your favorite president if you don’t even share the same fundamental values on government’s role in the lives of its people?


3 Responses to Lincoln vs. Obama

  1. Betsy,

    Well written…I might add, as it relates to Presidential idol’s, Lincoln also espoused the following, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. Further proving that President Obama lands squarely on the opposite end of the spectrum as it relates to his idol.

    After the civil war our America was to be ‘indivisible’, we may disagree, and it is healthy to disagree, as long as there is always a path to compromise and understanding. President Obama’s actions have not given us the idea that he is willing to do so.

    Lincoln also said “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

    I guess he hasn’t handled the power very well.

  2. justdafacts says:

    Hillary –

    Please consider pasting a retraction about your post. President Lincoln never said anything like that. The so-called “Ten Cannots” attributed to President Lincoln have been proven apocyrphal many times over.

    See here and here.

    The quote is plainly anachronistic in its form and content, not to mention that such a statement would be incongruent with President Lincoln’s lofty letters.

    Don’t feel too bad about your mistake. President Reagan erroneously attributed the same words to President Lincoln while addressing the notorious 1992 Republican National Convention. Whether you love him or not, you’ve gotta admit President Reagan rarely let the facts stand in the way of a rhetorical jab at his opponents.

    – Lebowitz

  3. Joe says:

    I agree with what you are saying, but you have to get your facts right. That is not a quote from Lincoln. That is a quote from a Minister. Check it out.

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