The punishing Civil War took its toll of 600,000 American lives over money and labor. The cotton and grain plantation owners south of the Mason/Dickson line were defiant when pushed to bequest their heritage family slavery charter pasted on by their father’s, father, father of land barons. Abraham Lincoln was ridiculed by his southern brethren on the belief that democracy and slavery was not compatible with American values. After a hard fought unsuccessful campaign for Illinois Senate seat and notable candidate speech that catapulted him into political prominence which earned him the Republican Party bid to become the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln’s political values infuriated the Southern States over their perceived “Right of Slavery” handed down by their ancestry chain. Thus, seven southern states blew up Article 1 sections 8, 9 and 10 of the Constitution with treasonous suffrage when they seceded from the Union and formed the Confederacy.
April 12, 1861, the Confederacy unleashed their arsenal of cannons and fired on, The Union’s, Fort Sumter, which has changed America’s lives for the past 157 years and still counting! Although, Abe Lincoln twisted the arms of the democratic rivals of Congress, with a little help by his three Supreme Court Justice appointments, and 2/3 override vote he managed to pursue legislatures to push across narrowly too unshackle slavery from the bondage of involuntary servitude and giving Congress the power to enforce the legislation.
And friends, that land mark Congressional ruling is a tipping point, a water shed “rule of law” ultimately set in place the pending instrumental law of the fourteen Amendment, Section 1 – “All persons born or naturalized in the United States are Citizens and no State shall abridge privileges or immunity of Citizenship or the due process of law and equal protection”.
So, if Abe childhood was less dysfunctional and more “lais’sez’faire” would the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments ever see the light of day?
What would Abe say about our dysfunction body of Government today? Would he take the “Lion” view and take down the prey of tyranny for the Union or slink into depression realizing it’s larger than one individual can resolve?
In some ways, President Lincoln, was our American “rattle” the first responder of the 19th century – there are not many of those lion heart’s around in the 21st millennium!
Honest Abe would remove the 153 year old Emancipation Proclamation, blow the dust off from it, then stand in the Halls of Congress, and gallantly recite his immoral words: substituting, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ,DACA for slavery; “All persons held as DACA within any State or designated part of a State, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever, Free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize DACA and maintain the freedom of such persons, and no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom”. This is what a Commander In Chief, a Lion, among leaders would do, for the people the United States- you earned the right as a citizen, in good standing with all that is attached, this day February 12, 2018.