Honoring the America First Legacy of Abraham Lincoln

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by John Carney, February 12th, 2020

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th two hundred and eleven years ago.

No national holiday commemorates the birthday of America’s first Republican president. It is a holiday for government employees in a handful of states including New York, Connecticut, and Illinois. While some may lament this, it is perhaps fitting that Americans honor Lincoln while laboring and that ensuring that the legacy of Lincoln does not perish from this earth is a task not of the federal government but of the people, by the people, for the people.

Lincoln is best known for his two most lasting legacies, the establishment of our union of states as indivisible and emancipation. He was a nationalist who never doubted that the United States government should put the American people first. Our boundaries mark out the United States as “the home of one national family,” Lincoln wrote. Read the rest HERE.

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2 Responses to Honoring the America First Legacy of Abraham Lincoln

  1. The Flash says:

    Mr. Carney should have paid more attention in his history class – assuming he had one. For decades, Lincoln’s birthday was, along with Washington’s birthday, a national holiday. Some years back, the two birthdays were combined into a single holiday we now call ‘President’s Day”.

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