Braddy is a retired newspaper editor and longtime resident of Winter
Haven, Fla. He continues his writing, editing and media work on
a personal and freelance basis. He launched this website on Sept.
11, 2011. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
was great in his own right
April 21, 2012
from this page
• Lincoln did real work — really tough work —
in the real world, i.e., the private sector, before getting into
politics — and he actually practiced law. Prior to running
for public office in Illinois, Obama, the law school graduate, had
“community organizing” (more like “community agitation”)
atop his work resumé.
• Lincoln fully appreciated the miracle of this nation’s
birth, recognized God’s role in that miracle and deeply admired
the Founding Fathers. Obama can see only flaws in the nation’s
founding and the founders. And when was the last time you heard
Obama mention God with any kind of sincerity or reverence?
• Lincoln understood that the United States of America was
“conceived in liberty” (the Gettysburg Address) and
worked, despite tremendous political and social pressures, to bring
the blessings of liberty to those who had never known it. Obama
has worked tirelessly to put government ever more in charge, a process
that only chips away at individual freedoms.
• Lincoln was a Republican who viewed the United States
as being special, who recognized the greatness of the republic and
who saw the potential for an even greater nation once it was reunified.
Obama is a Democrat who looks more to a weak, financially unstable
and very socialist Europe and its past-their-prime countries for
his model of the ideal state.
• Lincoln’s presidency was all about trying to
unite a nation deeply divided and torn by a bloody civil war. Obama’s
presidency is steeped in class warfare and ethnic and social division
for political gain, with the end game being a more socialist nation,
one with a greater number of people looking to government for their
• Lincoln was great in his own right — eloquent, intelligent,
visionary, the epitome of good character, honest, humble before
God, and a highly effective leader under the worst of circumstances
— a nation “engaged in a great civil war” –
that only he has known as president. Obama is reaching, stretching
even, to be great in his own mind by constantly invoking the names
of greatness, Abraham Lincoln being chief among them.