In 1838, a young lawyer told Americans how to protect their constitutional republic
The American Caesar turned out to be Abe himself.
Lincoln warning of American Caesar - such irony! Despite the encomiums heaped upon him by our government run schools, in reality Lincoln was a corrupt rail road lawyer (see “Lincoln Unmasked” by Thomas J. DiLorenzo) who trampled upon the Constitution to become our first American Caesar.
It is my humble opinion that our Constitutional Republic permanently fell during the 2016 presidential election on July 5 when FBI Director James Comey “exonerated” Hillary Clinton for the illegal server and the thousands of her classified emails. At that point in history the “rule of law” began its demise and because the constitutional provisions for remedy to the ensuing felonious acts and omissions (think FISA Court) of James Comey, et.al. were never pursued; our Constitutional Republic has fallen and is irreparable…... While the four unconstitutional indictments of Donald J. Trump is my proof
Please be cognizant, the Comey/Hillary Clinton exoneration was three weeks prior to the July 2016 Oval Office meeting orchestrated by President Barack Hussein Obama and attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, national security adviser Susan Rice and CIA Director John Brennan.
According to CIA Director John Brennan’s handwritten notes, Brennan informed attendees of “alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016, of “a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.” In other words, a scandal about collusion with Russia. According to a CIA memo, the intent of this plan was “distracting the public from her use of a private email server.”
Later it was shown that the plan was enacted via the Steele dossier, which Robby Mook, Clinton’s former campaign director, acknowledged under oath in 2022 to have procured. So explosive were Brennan’s notes that U.S. senators needed a federal court order, issued four years after Obama’s Oval Office meeting, to wrest a copy of it from the Department of Justice. Released along with Brennan’s notes was a copy of a CIA memo sent to FBI Director James Comey and Peter Strzok, the deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, delineating the Barack Hussein Obama’s Oval Office meeting’s discussion.
Therefore as We the People encounter the 2024 election cycle, it is wise to conduct yourselves as living is a “Post-Constitutional Republic”. I compare it to the time of Jesus Christ living in Roman occupied Jerusalem.
Way too long of an article. Especially a reprint of an 1838 speech by a politician responsible for the deaths of over 750,000 Americans, from 1861-1865.
Lincoln's words still ring true today: "the capability of a people to govern themselves. If they succeeded, they were to be immortalized." FREEDOM! Outstanding piece you gave us today! Thank you, Emerald.
All the truly great men are gone; we're left with mediocre milquetoasts who have no backbone and no principles, hellbent on increasing their wealth at our expense. Is this what the end of Western civilization looks like, just like all other great civilizations ended? It seems inevitable, does it not?
It is a marvel to me how intent many are on destroying Lincoln’s legacy. If you approach any human being with the intention of tearing him down and examine everything he said and did under a negative lens, almost no one will emerge unscathed. Now put that person in the office of President, making decisions while our country is tearing apart at the seams, and that negative lens will make a saint look like the devil.
YES! And much of these great speeches and writings find their genesis - themes and sensibilities in Genesis with the Great Hero Patriarchs and the following books.
IF ONLY PEOPLE WOULD READ (with understanding)!
There's One Truth, One Reality not 8 billion! Be Blessed to Truly Know vs those cursed that blow.
Dear Emerald, thank you for printing this speech. It convincingly demonstrates President Lincoln was eloquent and wise even as a young man. Talk about a deep understanding of the likely course of human events and the motivations which arise from the circumstances of the age, wow. We had one defense against the inevitable rise of those intent on destruction of our liberty. That one defense he plainly states. That one defense is reverence for the miracle gift of self-governing freedom. We have not passed it on to succeeding generations. We find today a government, a body politic, a civilization shot through and through with greed and corruption. Where are we to turn for justice when the justice system itself is an active, goal orientated practitioner of injustice?
Magnificent, Emerald. Every last word. Much food for thought and a compelling document revealing the heart and mind of a unique early American. What a beautiful gift from God.
Thank you for giving us the words of Abraham Lincoln. They are very true to this day.
This is fascinating. Thanks for posting, Ms Robinson.
Thank you for posting this, Emerald! Lincoln's words, from your post, to the Nation's 'Ear'! Hear, oh America!
Just as Abraham Lincoln warned America in 1838 - six years earlier in 1832, President Andrew Jackson turned back the evils of a privately owned central bank by his Veto Message Against Re-chartering the Bank of the United States. Andrew Jackson, (like Thomas Jefferson before him), was highly suspicious of the Bank of the United States. He blamed the bank for the Panic of 1819 and for corrupting politics with too much money. In 1832 after congress renewed the bank's charter, Jackson vetoed the bill. The following is the veto he gave to congress:
 To the Senate: The bill “to modify and continue” the act entitled “An act to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the United States” was presented to me on the 4th July instant. Having considered it with that solemn regard to the principles of the Constitution which the day was calculated to inspire, and come to the conclusion that it ought not to become a law, I herewith return it to the Senate, . . . with my objections.
 . . . It [the Bank] enjoys an exclusive privilege of banking under the authority of the General Government, a monopoly of its favor and support, and, as a necessary consequence, almost a monopoly of the foreign and domestic exchange. . . .
 . . . It appears that more than a fourth part of the stock is held by foreigners and the residue is held by a few hundred of our citizens, chiefly of the richest class. . . .
 . . . Of the twenty-five directors of this bank five are chosen by the Government and twenty by the citizen stockholders. From all voices in these elections the foreign stockholders are excluded by the charter. In proportion, therefore, as the stock is transferred to foreign holders the extent of suffrage in the choice of directors is curtailed. . . . The entire control . . . would necessarily fall into the hands of a few citizen stockholders. . . . There is danger that a president and directors would then be able to elect themselves from year to year, and without responsibility or control manage the whole concerns of the bank . . . . It is easy to conceive that great evils to our country and its institutions might flow from such a concentration of power in the hands of a few men irresponsible to the people.
 Is there no danger to our liberty and independence in a bank that in its nature has so little to bind it to our country? The president of the bank has told us that most of the State banks exist by its forbearance. Should its influence become concentered, as it may under . . . such an act as this, in the hands of a self-elected directory whose interests are identified with foreign stockholders, will there not be cause to tremble for the purity of our elections in peace and for the independence of our country in war? . . . But if any private citizen or public functionary should interpose to curtail its powers . . . it can not be doubted that he would be made to feel its influence.
 . . . If we must have a bank with private stockholders, every consideration of sound policy and every impulse of American feeling admonishes that it should be purely American. Its stockholders should be composed exclusively of our own citizens, who at least ought to be friendly to our Government and willing to support it in times of difficulty and danger. . . .
 . . . It is maintained by the advocates of the bank that its constitutionality in all its features ought to be considered as settled by precedent and by the decision of the Supreme Court. To this conclusion I can not assent. . .
 . . . The Congress, the Executive, and the Court must each for itself be guided by its own opinion of the Constitution. Each public officer who takes an oath to support the Constitution swears that he will support it as he understands it, and not as it is understood by others. It is as much the duty of the House of Representatives, of the Senate, and of the President to decide upon the constitutionality of any bill or resolution which may be presented to them for passage or approval as it is of the supreme judges when it may be brought before them for judicial decision. The opinion of the judges has no more authority over Congress than the opinion of Congress has over the judges, and on that point the President is independent of both. . . .
 . . . There is nothing in its [the Bank’s] legitimate functions which makes it necessary or proper. . . .
 . . . It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society–the farmers, mechanics, and laborers–who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their Government. There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing. In the act before me there seems to be a wide and unnecessary departure from these just principles. . . .
Now that the federal debt exceeds $33 Trillion, it is time for the American People to dismantle the Federal Reserve System and take back our sovereignty.
This speech is amazing, not only for its prescience, but for its eloquence. I'm on the fence about Lincoln as an American Caesar, or savior. What say you?