By: Marilyn Burge To: Robert Berndt Re: Abe Lincoln RB To all who think that Abe Lincoln h

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By: Marilyn Burge To: Robert Berndt Re: Abe Lincoln RB> To all who think that Abe Lincoln hated religion, you RB> might find this interesting...... RB> A Proclamation RB> From the President RB> For a Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer 1863 RB> In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused RB> the seal of the United States to be affixed. RB> By his excellency RB> ABRAHAM LINCOLN RB> President of the United States of America I guess it's time somebody told you the facts of life. If you read the first paragraph of that proclamation more carefully, you'll see that it was AT THE REQUEST OF THE CONGRESS! It was undoubtedly penned by a congressional aide at the behest of his boss, a congressman. It is then nit-picked by other congressional staffers and congressmen of a sympathetic mind, then sent to the prez for his signature. That's the way these things are done. The president simply doesn't have the time nor the inclination for such petty proclamations; he's got a country to run. So long as the proclamation in question has been read by his staffers and not found to contain anything that would be an outright embarrassment to him, he'll sign any such proclamation that crosses his desk. It simply isn't worth the loss of political points to do anything else, and he may need somebody from the other side of a political issue on his side in the future. Having signed the proclamation, he knows that when that day comes, he can call in at least one hostile vote, and perhaps a dozen, depending on how many people were involved in the instigation of the proclamation. That's called "politics." It's the same now as it was then. Politics is the art of compromise. So long as I can compromise a personal conviction and obtain your personal vote in the future, I'll do it. If I'm unable to stomach such trade-offs, I'm not a politician, and I won't get elected dog catcher. The proclamation in question didn't cost Lincoln a thing; the taxpayers bought and paid for both the ink and the quill with which he signed the document. They also paid for the parchment on which it was written. All it cost him was a very slight risk of writer's cramp for the few seconds it took him to affix his signature to the document. Or do you really think that the chippy-chaser we've got in the White House now truly believes in family values when he agrees to sign a blatantly unconstitutional bill that has great appeal to the far right? ... Talk is cheap - Because supply exceeds demand. * Origin: So What's Yer Point? (1:105/40.666)

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