Posts Tagged ‘Abraham Lincoln’

Merely a Coincidence?!

April 20, 2017

Do you know the connections (or similarities) between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy (and their assassinations)?  Are these merely coincidences or is this a part of something bigger?

  • Lincoln was elected in 1860
  • Kennedy was elected in 1960
  • Each name has seven letters
  • Both Presidents were slain on a Friday
  • Both were slain in the presence of their wives
  • Both were directly concerned with Civil Rights
  • Both Presidents had had the legality of their elections contested
  • Kennedy’s secretary, Lincoln, warned him not to go to Dallas
  • Lincoln’s secretary, Kennedy, warned him not to go to the theater
  • Both of their successors were named Johnson
    • Andrew Johnson
    • Lyndon Johnson
    • Each name contains thirteen (13) letters
    • Both served in the U.S. Senate
    • Both were southern Democrats
    • Andrew Johnson was born in 1808
    • Lyndon Johnson was born in 1908
  • Booth and Oswald were both southerners favoring unpopular ideas
  • Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and hid in a warehouse
  • Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and hid in a theater
  • Booth and Oswald were murdered before their trials could be arranged
  • Lincoln and Kennedy were carried in death on the same caisson
  • Booth and Oswald were born 100 years apart
  • John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald, each name has fifteen (15) letters

Enemies and Tact!

April 25, 2013

“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”

“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”

These are a couple of quotations attributed to Abraham Lincoln.  But regardless of his many noteworthy/memorable quotations, the Gettysburg Address remains the greatest speech ever (and probably the shortest: a mere 272 words, less than the content of two tweets).    He was a great president (but an even greater human being) who managed to lead the United States through some of its greatest challenges (including the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery).   A true leader.

Address delivered at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg.

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln Signature.svg

November 19, 1863.

Also attributed to Abraham Lincoln (in jest or as a joke): “The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their validity.”  (Ha, he was obviously a visionary . . . well ahead of his time.  I had to throw in this one just for fun.)

Democracy or Republic?

January 22, 2013

Democracy_MobRuleDid you know that the word “democracy” cannot be found in either the Constitution or in the Declaration of Independence?  Do you know the real distinction between a democracy and a republic?  In a republic the sovereignty is in each individual person. In a democracy the sovereignty is in the group.   America is a Republic, a “government of the people, by the people, for the people?”  And, as we state in our pledge of allegiance:  ” . . . and to the Republic for which it stands . . . ”     A pure democracy is represented in this graphic — majority rule — which reminds me of Rome and a quotation from my all-time favorite movie: Gladiator, “. . . Rome is the mob . . .”

Here is a video that explains the basic types of government really well.

The Fox Hunt!

April 10, 2011

Here is a wonderful photo that was forwarded to me.  The title: The Fox Hunt, the caption: “Rule #1: when you are in deep s**t, look straight ahead, keep your mouth shut, and say nothing.”  I find this to be good advice for just about any situation.  Here are a couple of quotations  that further highlight the importance of knowing when to keep your mouth shut.  (I’ve posted the one from Abraham Lincoln before, but sometimes a good thing bears repeating.)

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”  (Abraham Lincoln).

 “Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest.”  (William Shakespeare)

And, here are a  couple of definitions of “silence” from my Cynic’s Dictionary . . .

“One of the hardest arguments to refute.”  (Josh Billings)

“The most precious thing in a speech.”  (Ralph Richardson)

The Sound of Silence!

February 13, 2011

In addition to being the title of the popular song by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, the concept of “silence” has been the topic of many a quotation . . . below are a few of  my favorites.  

One quotation that was repeated frequently by my father: “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”  It wasn’t until recently that I discovered the origin of this quotation: Thumper’s Mom in Bambi.

Or how about this favorite quotation attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” 

And of course, from my law enforcement career, no discussion of “silence” would be complete without mention of the Miranda warning: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense.”

The Birth of the Private Eye (in the U.S.)!

August 25, 2010

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of Allan Pinkerton, (1819)? In 1850, Allan Pinkerton founded his detective agency, Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, based on his own incorruptible principles. Pinkerton became famous when he foiled a plot to assassinate president-elect Abraham Lincoln.  

(Courtesy of Audri and Jim Lanford.)

“Vice may triumph for a time, crime may flaunt its victories in the face of honest toilers, but in the end the law will follow the wrong-doer to a bitter fate, and dishonor and punishment will be the portion of those who sin.”

— Allan Pinkerton

Pictoral Rendu!

October 1, 2009

MSU_CampusIn 1955, to honor MSU’s Centennial, Milton Baron and Carl D. Johnson created this Pictoral Rendu of Michigan State, the Pioneer Land Grant University, which was founded in 1855 at East Lansing, Michigan.  This rendu was reproduced from MSU’s Map Library in 2007 with the permission of [and signed by] the authors, Mr. Baron and Mr. Johnson (fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects).

The bottom edge of this print has the following quotation: “It is for us the living . . . to be dedicated here to the unfinished work.”  Along the three other sides is a quotation from the Morrill Act that was signed by Abraham Lincoln on July 2, 1862:

“The leading object shall be, without excluding other scientific & classical studies & including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture & the mechanical arts in order to promote the liberal & practical education of the industrial class in the several pursuits & professions in life.”

Go Green!