When it comes down to a President making powerful and life-altering decisions to impact an entire nation, for me, no man did this better than Abraham Lincoln. The best example has to be the Emancipation Proclamation which freed the slaves, therefore embodying the true spirit of our Constitution which stated “All men are created equal.”
Our founding fathers were great men, but many did not live by the philosophy that all men, not just the white man, but all men and women were created equal and should be treated with the same amount of rights and respect. Abraham Lincoln cared about the “everyman” and, for a time in his life, was an everyman himself, and in his heart, he was always one of the people. And I feel Mr. Lincoln shared a similar quality to Moses with his “let my people go” spirit. . President Lincoln saw blacks and all minorities as his people. I believe Abe Lincoln had a high calling from God to set the captives free.
In the 1940’s and 50’s many great advances like the Rosa Parks incident and in the 1960’s the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have been possible without Abraham Lincoln’s courage to stand firm in what he believed to set the slaves free. In President Lincoln’s time, the country was divided over this and many other social, economic and territorial issues which led to the Civil War. Many lives were lost, and homes destroyed, but Mr. Lincoln stood tall and proud even though he had such opposition in both his professional and personal life. Among Mr. Lincoln’s many challenges included living with, and caring for, a mentally ill wife. All of this personal and professional hardship took a toll on the great President physically as evidenced by studying the photos of Abe Lincoln before and during the latter part of his presidency. Nevertheless, Mr. Lincoln did succeed in the mission he was called to do.
Another sign for me that Abraham Lincoln was a great man as well as a great president is, that despite his position in society, Mr. Lincoln took the time to read and even respond to letters he received from the American people. One of my favorite stories is the one about the little girl who wrote to the President to say she thought he looked better in his beard. That girl was Abe’s inspiration to grow that trademark beard we all know him for to this day!
Abe stood tall, both physically and spiritually and was an enormous political figure. He inspired and achieved so much, despite a humble beginning and great adversity. If it was not for Abe Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Barack Obama would not be president and all of us in the United States would not be able to enjoy true freedom. On behalf of everyone, we thank you, Mr. Lincoln.