Contemporary Lincoln, Part 3: Hypocritical Figureheads

Address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois   

Abraham Lincoln’s Speech and how it pertains to the current situation of the United States, Part 3

As a reminder, I am working through the speech Lincoln gave in 1838 to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois sentence by sentence and putting it into current terms and meanings.  The speech picks up immediately from where it left off.

“I hope I am over wary, but if I am not, there is, even now, something of ill-omen amongst us.  I mean the increasing disregard for law which pervades the country; the growing disposition to substitute the wild and furious passions, in lieu of the sober judgment of Courts; and the worse than savage mobs, for the executive ministers of justice.  This disposition is awfully fearful in any community; and that it now exists in ours, though grating to our feelings to admit, it would be a violation of the truth, and an insult to our intelligence to deny.”

We have in this country the right to free speech, whether or not we individually utilize it is another matter.  But some amongst us too readily abuse that freedom, to the point it becomes slander and a violation of human ethics.  By now you can guess whom I am speaking of, and in regard to.

I am a complete liberal and as such I find hypocrisy and abuse of freedoms disdainful and odious.  The Conservative Right has opted to promote men of little stature and thinking for their frontrunners in the race for the White House.  While this is no longer a surprise given the debacle four years ago with Sarah Palin, what is surprising is the changing of positions on issues.  Mitt Romney passed Romni-Care in Massachusetts, which, peculiarly, contained a clause that employers are required to cover contraception.

When he appeared a few short days ago in support of requiring employers to cover contraception, it came as a surprise a day later when he said, oh, just kidding.  No Mitt, you weren’t kidding.  This has been your stance for your entire Gubernatorial tenure – it wasn’t until your staffers pointed out that you were now in support of requiring women to have permission slips to get contraception did you make a statement (and poorly done) otherwise.

This is my first issue.  A man who says he is going in one direction yesterday is changing his tune for the complete opposite direction today.  He is not saying or pushing agendas which he believes in.  To the bigger point, what does he believe in?  This man lied to the American public this week and yet he is still winning at the polls, albeit narrowly.  Quite honestly, I hope that he continues because that will ensure an Obama win in November.

Now to the other pairing in this debate (besides all the Senators and Congressmen whom I am quickly losing my last ounce of faith in), Rush Limbaugh and Susan Fluke.  First to Susan Fluke – my dear, you are courageous and strong; what these men say and believe is no comment on you but rather an insult to their own intellectual abilities.

Onto Rush, whom I have been wanting to lit into for years in written word.

If you pretend to understand how contraception works, you only open yourself up to more ridicule.  Your comments were blasphemous to women across this country, and as such you have actually hurt the campaigns of those purport to support.  Your ideological rhetoric is a black stain upon the party you serve and a plague upon the American public.  While you may be an entertainer, you are not a legislator or newsman, for those occupations are above your skill set.

As to the issue of understanding how contraception works – they teach it in eighth grade, apparently you never reached that point.  If you are going to slander a young and brave woman, than you must first comprehend at what you are taking aim.

Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney, and other Conservative figureheads are the leaders of the savage mob that Lincoln speaks of in his quote.  We are witnessing the end of civil debate in this country, and too few people are rising against this fact.  While it is difficult to admit the incompetence of those in power, I ask you first to question their motives.  Once you have seen and heard their reasoning beyond the headline you will then be able to make an informed decision (something these men cannot do).  When hypocrites and village idiots are the leaders of half the American population; where does that leave progress, reform, and change?


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