Abraham Lincoln’s Beliefs About Government

What Would Lincoln Say To Government Haters?
by Gene Griessman, Ph.D.

If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, he would have absolutely nothing to do with the modern anti-government movement.   In fact, I am confident that he would vigorously oppose the  modern-day flirtation with anarchism that poses under several new names.

In Lincoln’s mind, government is not something separate from the people. Government is not something to be ridiculed or despised. Government is not they.

In this country, government is us. Government is people whom we elect, plus government workers—the clerks, and mail carriers, and police, and forest rangers, and secretaries–who are our neighbors.

American government is we–powerfully asserted in the preamble to the Constitution of the United States.

Lincoln himself memorably expressed this sentiment at Gettysburg:, “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Used with permission from “The Achievement Digest” Adapted from “The Words Lincoln Lived By” by Gene Griessman (Fireside-Simon & Schuster, 1997, p. 81)

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