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Abraham Lincoln

The Way of the Whig Party

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most people today just use "go the way of the Whig Party" as an amusing way to say "disappear as a national political party." But a truer parallel to history would be to ask the question: "Will today's Republicans revert back to being the Whig Party?" Or, perhaps: "Will the Tea Party eventually go the way of the Whig Party?"

Buffoonery on the Brink

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

The brinkmanship in Washington is getting a little heady, so let's summarize: The thug from Texas by way of Princeton and Harvard says to The Worst Pr...

The Art of Stalemate

Ryan Banfill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ryan Banfill

As the tea party members of the House Republican Conference appear to be a driving force behind the stalemate strategy, Sun Tzu would caution Speaker Boehner to be wary saying, "When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is insubordination."

Striking Lawmakers Walk Off the Job

Joseph Urgo | Posted 12.08.2013 | College
Joseph Urgo

What is shut down right now is the work of a very small portion of the American people with a very large set of responsibilities. These are our elected federal lawmakers.

BREAKING: Lincoln Denounces Republican Tactics

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The Republican Party long since ceased to be the "Party of Lincoln," but it would be hard to imagine anything that shows just how far the current Greedy Old Party has moved away from its first president more clearly than what he wrote in this January 11, 1861 letter.

New Abraham Lincoln Photo Discovered

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

On March 5, scholar and former Disney animator Christopher Oakley made a discovery that could change the way people view Lincoln's historic Gettysburg...

VIDEO: Who Was Abraham Lincoln?

Scott Bateman | Posted 11.20.2013 | Comedy
Scott Bateman

What do YOU know about Abraham Lincoln? Surprisingly little is known about this obscure US president. Luckily, Disalmanac has made a new educational film that explains everything you need to know about ol' "Honest Abe" (or, as you'll see, "Ice Ice Abe") in just 30 second.

Timeless Pieces Of Lincoln Memorabilia Up For Auction

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA — A highly prized collection of U.S. political memorabilia went up for sale on Thursday, featuring some campaign tokens and medals ...

The Ambassador's Cat

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

When it came to being able to conjure a compromise, Tatou was an Ambassador himself.

Football Sunday at Popcorn Park?

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 11.12.2013 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

Labor Day Weekend 20 years ago, Ambassador Mo and I were headed to Long Island in a new Bronco II SUV. For those unfamiliar with New York roadways,...

Should the U.S. Attack Syria?

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Does violence ever end violence? Do we ever learn anything from it, except how to be more violent? The wisdom teachers throughout history have reminded us time and time again...

Recognize The Famous Historical Figure In This Painting?

AP | JAMIE STENGLE | Posted 11.06.2013 | Arts

DALLAS — A Texas art museum announced Friday it had acquired a rarely displayed painting by John Singer Sargent that depicts Edwin Booth, the re...

How I Became the Accidental Talmudist

Salvador Litvak | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Salvador Litvak

Who am I to call myself a Talmudist of any sort? Our Sages of blessed memory were not just gifted teachers, they were also tzaddiks -- righteous individuals who could be counted upon to do the right thing always, and to treat everyone with kindness.

More Than a Dream

Paula Gordon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The future -- as well as the present -- is what we make of it. That's how dreams come true: "We ... will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water."

What Was the America of 'I Have a Dream' All About?

Carl Pope | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Carl Pope

I was only 18, 50 years ago yesterday, when, against official advice warning of violence, a few of my friends and I trekked to the Lincoln Memorial from suburban Maryland for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Once Upon a Time

Jonathan Richards | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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The Eagle Flies

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

It is not only a magnificent speech we remember this week or powerful faces that beamed through glass television screens that late summer day. We remember who we are.

Why We Fought the Civil War: Reading Thomas Fleming's A Disease of the Public Mind

Warren Adler | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

Fleming clearly reiterates the point that from our beginnings as a nation we have been plagued by the moral dilemma posed by the entrenched and repugnant institution of slavery.

Atheists Overstep in Demanding Lincoln 'God' Quotation Removed From U.S. Passports

Salvador Litvak | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Salvador Litvak

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of State demanding that the following inspirational quotations...

Political Correctness as Taught by Abraham Lincoln

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Gregory P. Demetriou

If there is any doubt that the constant diatribe of political correctness is exacting a price, just look at our position in the world. Our stature has deteriorated more in the last several years than it has in all of our history. That is because we have lost sight of who we are. Our hesitance to stand up to the truths we hold dear is turning our spines to jelly.

Period Pieces

George Heymont | Posted 10.02.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

While plays that are set in a time and place far removed from today are often referred to as "historical dramas" or "period pieces," the knowledge of different historical periods bestowed on us through paintings, sculpture, and literature allows us to have fun with history.

Abraham Lincoln, Dad: 6 Lessons in Parenting From the 16th President

Salvador Litvak | Posted 09.28.2013 | Parents
Salvador Litvak

Even those who criticized Lincoln as a politician -- and there were many -- would agree that he was a great dad.

Mystic Chords of Memory and the 'Heroes' of War

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

When I first arrived in America a few years ago, one of the first things I noticed was the road name, Jefferson Davis Highway. For a moment, I wondere...

The Independent: The Art of Congressional Compromise

Brent Roske | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Brent Roske

The use of the Civil War to show where Congressional compromise has failed is an extreme measure, but in our current Congress other battles have been pitched from entrenched positions with unfortunate consequences, showing the need for compromise.

What Lincoln and Jefferson Can Teach Us About NSA Surveillance

Brian Levin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Sometimes, upholding the Constitution and protecting the country it set out to establish might involve acts that appear to violate bits and pieces of it. We should talk about transparency, oversight, and striking a balance between liberty and security.