Friday, October 26, 2007

Lincoln - Washington D.C. (Thur.10/18)

Here's some pics from Ford Theater where Lincoln was shot, but it's closed until 2009 (couldn't wait that long even with a Barns&Noble and McDonald's nearby), and some from the House / room across the street from the theater where Lincoln died the following day


I don't have many heroes, but here's one. The monument depicts a larger than life Lincoln to be sure – this is not everyone's favorite but it's perfect for a hero.

Lincoln is quite popular today, but I don't think he would be if he were alive. Much like some of the founding fathers, Lincoln was blatant in how his Christian faith affected his decision making and a true conservative – seeking a strong country by greatly limiting government. To some this doesn't sound very compassionate, but I truly believe that a rising tide raises all boats, and this is the best corporate way to help the poor. The best personal way to help the poor is to pray and give time and money and I think we should do all the above. That's the view through the Graham glasses. Sorry, he's my hero, I had to say something. The kids liked the monument because he was a big cement dude.

My favorite Lincoln quotes

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”

The 10 Cannot's

#1 You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrifts.
#2 You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
#3 You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
#4 You cannot lift the wage earner by tearing down the wage payer.
#5 You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
#6 You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
#7 You cannot further the brotherhood of men by inciting class hatred.
#8 You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
#9 You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
#10 You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Graham,

This is your long lost worker bee Duane. Please send me your e-mail address.

dsolmsted@msn.com

stevetreichler said...

Lincoln is a STUD! I recently red "Team of Rivals" and have a whole new appreciation for him!

Trike

G Nelson said...

I just found that "Team of Rivals" is available on audio CD... I'll add that to the Christmas list. Thanks Trike
-Graham