Lancaster County PA Realty Check: An Homage to Abraham Lincoln

An Homage to Abraham Lincoln

Abraham LincolnToday, February 12, is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, considered by many to have been the greatest President in our nation's history.

Born in meager conditions on this date in 1809 in a small log cabin in Illinois, Lincoln educated himself with borrowed books and went on to become a lawyer, a congressman, and in 1860 the first nominee for President from the newly formed Republican party. 

An early outspoken opponent of slavery in America, Lincoln as President introduced the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves, and precipitating the secession of the southern states.

Lincoln's life was often tortuous: losing a wife, losing a son, suffering the ridicule of his contemporaries, and agonizing over a bloody civil war.  But with principles, faith, and grace, he persevered.  Abraham Lincoln staked his presidency on holding the Union together throughout four years of war, eventually sacrificing his life for his cause.

    Does a grateful nation have a national holiday for this great man?  Not any more. Nor is there a celebration any longer of the birthday of the Father of our Nation, George Washington.

In our "wisdom", we have shelved an acknowledgment  of the accomplishments of these great men, and substituted a tepid "Presidents' Day" in its place.  What does Presidents' Day stand for?  Nothing much - except for a Federal day off and sales at the shopping malls.

By supposedly celebrating all of our presidents, whether good or bad, competent or misguided, we have diluted the significance of the holiday into meaninglessness.

I for one, on this day salute the timeless words and deeds of a man who rose from humble beginnings to preserve the union of the American States.

 

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Comment balloon 22 commentsBrian Schulman • February 12 2008 08:13AM

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You raise some excellent points, Brian.  I didn't even realize it was Lincoln's birthday today, yet I remember celebrating it as a young school girl.  I agree, combining it all into one "President's Day" really does dilute what these great leaders have accomplished.  It's quite a shame. 
Posted by Jeannie Kontis almost 11 years ago
You're right, Jeannie.  And I wonder whether children today are still taught in school the same history and civics lessons that were imbued in us.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 11 years ago
Brian -As we get older and we slowly evolve we become history ourselves if we do not remember those in our history how can we expect others to remember us in their history.
Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) almost 11 years ago
Brian, the Presidents Day combined Washington's (Feb. 22) and Lincoln's (Feb. 12th). It does dilute the meaning behind each great man I agree. Read that Gettysburg address again. Powerful stuff.
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago
Kathy, as the philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot understand history are doomed to repeat it."
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 11 years ago

Gary, although Presidents Day was originally conceived to consolidate Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays, by the very name of it, it refers to no President in particular, thus further diluting the meaning of the holiday.

The Gettysburg Address is one of the finest pieces of oratory ever written.  Shallow people at the time said it wasn't long enough.  Compare the importance and beauty of the concise Gettysburg Address with the multi-thousand-page Federal Tax Code.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 11 years ago

Brian,

Abe Lincoln was a truly amazing man.....one of great and admirable character.  Those kinds of men are few and  far between and, unfortunately, most of them don't go into politics.

I'm glad you wrote this article about him.

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Jo,

Abraham Lincoln is one of the people I have most admired ever.  The more you read his speeches, quotes and writings, the more you have to respect the wit and insight he had.  I have a small collection of books about him, including a rare leather-bound memoriam published in 1866, shortly after his assassination.

Brian

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 11 years ago
Greatest President, A Man Of Faith And Principles. Wonderful Post.
Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) almost 11 years ago
Lincoln most of all was a man of perseverance.  Apparently he lost, way more elections than he won.  But he never gave up.
Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) almost 11 years ago
Nicholas, indeed Abraham Lincoln was in many ways the greatest President.  Thanks for commenting.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 11 years ago
Trey, Lincoln's later life was tortuous, between losing a wife, losing a son, suffering the ridicule of his contemporaries, and agonizing over the war.  But with principles and faith, he persevered.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 11 years ago
Yes, for sure, with principles and faith. Before he was assassinated he said he wanted to visit the Holy Land after his presidency. Apparently, he never made the trip, he went to the New Jerusalem instead.
Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) almost 11 years ago
Nicholas, I had not heard that he wanted to go to the Holy Land after his presidency.  How ironic.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 11 years ago
Brian, I think one of the things we can learn the most from Abraham Lincoln is his commitment and persistence. These are things that can not be taught, yet can be learned, and when applied greatness always follows. Abe, if you looked at his record was a major loser, yet, excellence is found in the future successes, not in the past falls.
Posted by Birmingham Alabama Real Estate, Stephen Wolfe (LivingInBirmingham.com) almost 11 years ago
Well put, Stephen.  Part of his greatness was that he would not give up at any cost to save the union and its constitution.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 11 years ago

Brian,

Thanks for this reminder.  I will have to dig out one of my Lincoln books, I think it is called Lincoln on Leadership.  Great book!  Sorry I just saw this post.  Thanks!

Posted by John Hersey, e-PRO Realtor (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty) almost 11 years ago
John, when I have time, there are some Lincoln books that I'd like to read again, too.  One of the best was "Lincoln the Unknown", I think by Wallace Nutting, now long out of print.  Written in the 1930s, it tells about his rocky personal life.  It can still probably be found in places like Amazon.com for used books.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 11 years ago

Never thought about this way, but with all the politics that goes on in this country I'm sure there was a really bad reason behind the decision to combine the two birthdays in to one crappy holiday and dis-honor both men.

Is there a way we can get it switched back to two separate holidays I wonder?

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

Todd,  as far as I can tell,  Congress combined Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays because they were too close together.  By doing so they lost the significance of the holiday.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 11 years ago

Great lesson Brian regarding the man and our Congress. You made me look for more information.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President's_day 

Again, I love this type of information. I use to read the encyclopedia when I was a kid. AR was addictive enough without this fun stuff! 

Posted by Tara Colquitt, Credit Counselor (Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC) almost 11 years ago

 Thanks, Tara.  I often go to Wikipedia or other sources to double check or add to my information.  I'm glad I'm not the only one who enjoys researching information and history.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 11 years ago

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