Abraham Lincoln: 2014 Archives

WHY WE'RE PROUD TO BE REPUBLICAN

Independence Day is the most important political holiday in the calendar. We proclaimed our independence from King George in a document stating that all men are created equal and given by God the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is why we were leaving Great Britain. But the Declaration was also a statement of who we are and, sadly, those noble words did not apply to a significant segment of our population. The Constitution did nothing to change facts on the ground; indeed, it recognized slavery without saying so and had provisions for its enforcement.

It wasn't until the years beginning with 1863 that change began to redeem the pledge of the Declaration that all men are equal. With the Emancipation Proclamation by our Republican President Abraham Lincoln and the work of four successive Republican Congresses (with little to no Democrat support and a great deal of opposition) African-Americans gained their freedom and independence, were guaranteed equal protection under the laws and were granted the right to vote.

So Republicans can take special pride in America on Independence Day for what the Party of Lincoln did to make freedom a reality for those in slavery and all of their descendants. The Declaration of Independence at last spoke the truth.

WE ARE THE PARTY OF LINCOLN.
WE STAND FOR FREEDOM AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL.

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GUILLORY MESSAGE TO FELLOW BLACKS: THROW OFF YOUR CHAINS. BECOME REPUBLICANS.

Just a year ago the Louisiana black state senator Elbert Guillory announced he was becoming a Republican and issued a statement explaining why. His message to his fellow blacks is a powerful one that hopefully will be heeded. It's also a reminder to all Republicans of our civil rights heritage, of which not only should we be proud, but insistent on proclaiming every day: We are the Party of Lincoln. We stand for freedom and equal opportunity for all.

In 1854 the Republican Party was formed to succeed the Whigs with one main purpose -- to end slavery. In 1860 President Lincoln was elected with the votes of abolitionists in Massachusetts and other northern states. Just three years later Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in rebellious territory. In Congress Republicans drafted and passed the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution freeing slaves, assuring them due process under the law and granting them voting rights.

Lyndon Johnson, no civil rights activist, cynically snatched the black vote away from Republicans with government handouts with the War on Poverty, crowing privately (to fellow Democrats) that his handouts would keep them n****** voting Democrat for 200 years.

Listen to what Senator Guillory has to say.

What's disturbing to all of us as Americans is that this dependency on government has not only kept too many blacks in poverty, it has created a situation in which, as one wise man observed, "fidelity to country is coming to be replaced by fidelity to democrats who give you stuff, just as that old bigot LBJ envisioned when he set out with his phony war on poverty in the 1960's. The entire modern democrat party "cares" about people only to the extent that said people will vote for them in perpetuity."

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN: THE MOST SPIRITUAL PRESIDENT

Though Abraham Lincoln was neither baptized nor joined a church of any kind, he was the most spiritually minded president in American history. His faith was wrought on the anvil of anguish, both personal and national, and because of this he has much to teach us in our own age of anxiety.

Some historians interpret Lincoln as a proto-secularist, not only because he never professed Christian faith in a public way but also because he made a number of skeptical comments about Christian teaching in his early years. But it’s well to remember that even great people of faith, including Mother Teresa, experience dark nights of the soul. John Calvin once said that all true faith is tinged by doubt.

When accused of being a scoffer, Lincoln said that he had never denied the truth of the Scriptures nor shown intentional disrespect for any Christian denomination. In the midst of the Civil War, when Lincoln was told that the Methodist church had sent more soldiers to the field, more nurses to the hospitals, and more prayers to heaven than any other church, he replied: “God bless the Methodist Episcopal church! Bless all the churches! And blessed be God, who in this our trial giveth us the churches.”

So why did he never join a church himself? Two reasons. First, he was offended by the religious rivalry and braggadocio of the frontier preachers of his day. None of them made a compelling case to his lawyerly mind that only one denomination was right and all the others wrong. Further, Lincoln was reticent, “the most shut-mouthed man I know,” as his law partner William Herndon said. He did not want to cross the thin line between sincerity and self-righteousness. There was nothing smug about Lincoln’s faith.

Lincoln’s great achievement was to see the terrible times through which he lived in the context of God’s providential purposes. He referred to America as the almost-chosen nation and came to see himself as a “chosen instrument in the hands of the Almighty.” His firm belief that God is concerned for history and reveals his will in it drew on the wisdom of the Hebrew prophets, the teachings of the New Testament refracted through the tradition of St. Augustine, and the Calvinistic Baptists among whom he grew up. Though he read Voltaire as a young man, he had no interest in a deist God who dumbly peers down on human struggles. The God of Lincoln meets us in judgment and mercy and in the crucible of suffering that shapes the destiny of us all.

Lincoln also held in uneasy equipoise two other cardinal teachings of the Christian tradition: the inherent dignity of every person made in the image of God, and the corporate character of original sin. His abhorrence of slavery was rooted in the former; his disdain for utopian solutions to social problems grew out of the latter. Thus he was hated by secessionists and abolitionists alike. The tragedy of slavery and the Civil War would not be resolved, Lincoln thought, by appealing to human goodness, but by calling the nation to repentance and prayer. On nine separate occasions during the forty-nine months of his presidency, Lincoln called his fellow citizens to humble themselves before God in public penitence, prayer, fasting, and thanksgiving. At the urging of the United States Senate, Lincoln issued a proclamation appointing April 30, 1863 as a day of national repentance, fasting and prayer. Between the smoke and blood of Antietam and Gettysburg, with the outcome of the war still in doubt, Lincoln declared:

And, insomuch as we know that, by God’s divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
After the death of his beloved son Willie in 1862, the burdens of his office became intolerable, and he sought solace in the faith of the Bible he loved and knew so well. “I have been driven to my knees many times by the realization that I had nowhere else to go,” he said.

He and his wife Mary rented a pew at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, a short walk from the White House, and here Lincoln listened to the sermons of the Princeton-trained pastor. During special prayer services he would often sit in a side chamber lest he draw attention to himself in the congregation. Here he placed himself and his nation in the hands of God, seeking justice, imploring mercy, needing grace.

On March 4, 1865, just six weeks before he was assassinated, Lincoln presented his Second Inaugural, which has been called, “a prayer of confession for the whole nation”—“more like a sermon than a state paper,” according to Frederick Douglass. At that point the Civil War was practically won, but Lincoln refused to be vindictive. He knew that the evil of slavery, rooted so deeply in the South, had also been supported by business interests in the North. The purposes of the living God could not be equated with the sectional ambitions of either side but transcended them both. By refusing to idolize the North or demonize the South, Lincoln called the entire country to its true vocation as one nation under God. Quoting the psalmist, Lincoln said, “The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether” (Psalm 19:9 KJV).

Two hundred years after Lincoln was born in a rough-timbered cabin in Kentucky, America still longs for “a new birth of freedom.” In times of economic collapse, international uncertainty, of war, suffering, and terrorism, the faith of Abraham Lincoln can help us as a people act with courage and hope. Lincoln’s belief in the Bible, his reliance on prayer, his humility and acknowledgement of God’s providential design in the tumult of history, and his call for national repentance and thanksgiving beckon us forward now as then.

The words chiseled in stone in the Lincoln Memorial are still a creed for us to live by:

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.

Timothy George is founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture.

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CHATHAM RTC LINCOLN BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION WELCOMED KARYN POLITO AND OTHER CANDIDATES WITH A STANDING ROOM ONLY CROWD.

On Sunday, February 9th, the Chatham RTC hosted Republican candidate for Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and, for the first time together, the FOUR Republicans seeking to be the next congressman in the 9th Congressional District, displacing career Democrat William Keating.

Karyn was dynamic and wowed the enthusiastic crowd of about 125.

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Each of the four congressional candidates have credentials and real world (private sector!) experience that far exceed Keating's. Each impressed in their five minute talks: John Chapman of Chatham, Mark Alliegro of Falmouth, Vince Cogliano, Jr of Pembroke and Dan Shores of Sandwich.

On the Cape Cod front, we have two districts that can be turned Republican. We have strong candidates in both. Tim Whelan of Brewster, recently retired from more than 20 years with the state police and a veteran of the Marine Corps Reserve, is running for an open seat in the 1st Barnstable District. Adam Chaprales, a former Sandwich selectman, is taking on a first term Democrat in the 2nd District, which traditionally goes Republican.

In addition to the candidates, Cape Cod's two representatives to the Massachusetts Republican State Committee Judy Crocker and Fran Manzelli were in attendance.

All of the candidates have websites up where contributions can be made. Click here to see the list.

This was the Chatham RTCs Third Annual Celebration of Abraham Lincoln's Birthday. The day's "history lesson" paralleled 1864, 150 years ago this year, when the Civil War and Lincoln's life were approaching their climax in 1865. In 1864 Lincoln was re-elected handily by ten points, but he swept Massachusetts with 72%. Now, that's a challenge.

The committee headed by Vice Chairman Diane Bronsdon did a fantastic job. In addition to Diane, Ann DePatie, Dave Nunnally, Elaine Gibbs, Gigi Gerstle, John and Mary Jane Crea, John Loconto, Marie Acton, Sherie and Walter Bush and Richard Bertocchi have our thanks and appreciation.

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LINCOLN BIRTHDAY WITH ALL FOUR REPUBLICAN 9TH CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES FIRST TIME TOGETHER!


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Special guest Karyn Polito has teamed up with Republican Governor Candidate Charlie Baker aiming for a Baker Polito Administration to take over the corner office at the State House in January.

All four Republicans seeking to dislodge political career Democrat William Keating have the credentials and real world experience to far better represent the interests of the 9th Congressional District. This is the first time all four candidates will appear together.

Candidate information: For Lt. Governor: Karyn Polito, For Goverrnor: Charlie Baker; For 9th Congressional District: John Chapman, Mark Alliegro, Vince Cogliano, Jr and Dan Shores. For State rep: 1st Barnstable Tim Whelan, 2nd Barnstable Adam Chaprales, 5th Barnstable State rep Randy Hunt.

DOORS OPEN AT 2:30. PARKING AVAILABLE ALONG GEORGE RYDER ROAD FROM THE VFW BUILDING TO THE AIRPORT BUILDING. PARKING ALSO BEHIND THE VFW. DO NOT PARK ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING RESERVED FOR VFW AND AMERICAN LEGION MEMBERS.

FOR INFORMATION CALL MARIE ACTON AT 508 945 2150. DIRECTIONS: TAKE EXIT 11 ON CAPE ROUTE 6, GO SOUTH TO RTE 28, TURN LEFT AND THEN TURN LEFT AGAIN AT THAT HESS STATION AT GEORGE RYDER ROAD. THE VFW IS ON THE RIGHT. GOOGLE MAP AND DIRECTIONS HERE: http://tinyurl.com/l8httzz

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POSTPONED: CHATHAM REPUBLICANS NOW MEET TUESDAY, FEB 4, 6 P.M. CHATHAM COMMUNITY CENTER, ALL WELCOME

CHATHAM REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE
MEETING, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014, 6 P.M.
CHATHAM COMMUNITY CENTER
AGENDA

1. Pledge, welcome, introductions -Chairman Fran Meaney

2. Marie Acton, Secretary's report.2013.12.2 CRTC Minutes.pdf
3. Sam Black, Treasurer's report.

4. Report of Vice Chairman Diane Bronsdon on for her committee on preparation for the Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration, Sunday, February 9, 2014, Chatham VFW, 150 George Ryder Road.

5. Candidates expected at Lincoln Birthday Celebration: For Lt. Governor: Karyn Polito, who has teamed with Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Baker; For 9th Congressional District: John Chapman, Mark Alliegro and (Vince Cogliano, Jr; For 1st Barnstable state rep: Tim Whelan, Peter Eastman; others may attend.

6. The 2014 elections: Discussion of their importance, the current state of play and how everyone can help. The gubernatorial and 9th Congressional races are top priorities..

7. 2014 Elections for Chatham and the Lower Cape:

Since there may be no Republican candidates for state representative or state senate in our 4th Barnstable district it means the full responsibility for getting out the Republican vote in the district rests with the Republican town committees of these towns - Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, Eastham and Truro.

One-third of Brewster is the 4th Barnstable, but 2/3rd is in the 1st and the 1st has an important and winnable state rep race. Wellfleet and Provincetown do not have RTCs.

Every "extra" vote we get for Republicans in the 4th Barnstable helps all state candidates and the congressional candidate.

It is therefore up to this committee to recruit volunteers and raise funds for the grassroots GET OUT THE VOTE campaign for all Republicans who will be on our ballot on November 4th.

It also means to the extent we can that we help out the state rep Republicans in the 1st, 2nd and 5th Barnstable districts where there will be contests with Democrats.

8. GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV) explained. By personal contact we will reach out to independents and Republicans who don't vote regularly about the importance of this election, how important their votes are and how qualified the Republican candidates are.


a. Saturday, Feb. 15, all day training session, Marlborough. Seeking 3 more volunteers. Call Marie Acton to volunteer and arrange carpooling 508 945 2150; $60 includes lunch.

b. Saturday, Feb 22, 10 to 11:30, Chatham Community Center, MassVictory officials from Boston will present a practical demonstration of how we can run a successful GOTV campaign to maximize Republican votes, Max time 2 hours. Republicans from Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, Eastham, Brewster, Truro, Wellfleet and Provincetown are invited and many are expected to attend. No charge.

9. Proposed House of Representatives Immigration action - discussion, are they nuts? Speaker Boehner’s office phone number is 202-225-6205. The number for the U.S. Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121. The folks who work the switchboard will put you right through to the Republican representative of your choice.

10. Fundraising - Planning a mailing to all registered Republicans to go out in March to help fund our GOTV campaign. Our campaign budget is $25,000 of which we have raised 40%. John Crea, Finance Chairman.

11. Volunteers. It's time to begin recruitment for the 2014 campaign.

12. 4th of July Parade - Theme announced - Surf and Sea. Since this is an election year we can expect to hear from many candidates wanting to be part of our marching delegation.

13. Report on the Observance of the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, November 19, 2013 at the Wequassett organized by the Chatham RTC for the RTCs of Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, Eastham and Brewster. A copy of the detailed report filed with the state is available on request. Fran Meaney reports.

14. Movies?

15. Other business.

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LT. GOV CANDIDATE KARYN POLITO AT CHATHAM RTC SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9TH TO CELEBRATE PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY

LT. GOVERNOR CANDIDATE KARYN POLITO HEADLINES
CHATHAM'S THIRD ANNUAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Sunday, February 9, 2014, 3 to 5:30
Chatham VFW, 150 George Ryder Road, Chatham


As we all know, Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Baker has teamed with Lt. Governor candidate Karyn Polito to bring desperately needed new leadership to Beacon Hill.

Charlie's years of experience in the executive branch as chief financial officer in the Weld and Cellucci administrations are complemented admirably by Karyn's decade of battling for Republican causes in a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

Charlie visited with us on November 19th for the 150th Anniversary Observance of Abraham Lincoln's historic Address at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863. As Charlie Baker noted, Lincoln stood for freedom and equality for all peoples, as did the Republican Party then and as the Republican Party does now. His Emancipation Proclamation freeing blacks from slavery ushered in a NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM. Charlie: "I am proud to be a Republican heir of Abraham Lincoln." Lincoln in his words warned that the fight "for us the living" to preserve liberty would be a constant one.

And so it is today. Republicans are called upon to wage the battle for freedom that Lincoln predicted would be needed. The Democratic governments in Washington and on Beacon Hill are robbing the American people of our rights to "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness."

In her remarks at the Lincoln birthday celebration, Karyn, in addition to pointing out how much meaning Lincoln's words and actions have for us today, will give her views on the challenges facing Massachusetts after eight years of incompetence, corruption, sluggish job and economic growth and seemingly endless taxing and spending under the current Democratic administration.

During the Republican leadership of the Weld to Romney administrations, budgets were balanced without tax increases, the economy and jobs were growing and Massachusetts shed its name of "Taxachusetts." becoming known as one of the most business friendly states in the Union.

Following the Lincoln program, there will be a political networking reception with refreshments, a cash bar, a silent auction and sales of Lincoln books. All Republican candidates who may appear on Cape Cod ballots have been invited.

Donation: Whatever you can give to help Republicans win in November. $20 will help defray expenses of the event. Checks (CRTC Victory 2014) or cash payable at the door. All welcome. Students and Armed Forces personnel free.

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WE STAND FOR FREEDOM AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL.



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