The Lincoln Catechism and President Barack Obama

Presidents Lincoln and Obama
Presidents Lincoln and Obama

ANDERSON, IN December 16, 2014 – In 1864 the Lincoln Catechism Eccentricities & Beauties of Despotism was written by democrats to denounce President Lincoln.  It could be about President Obama.

From millennia great stories were told through generations, in an effort to preserve the history of ancient quests and victories. That practice evolved, so that not too many years ago, religion was still taught by rote, through a device called a “Catechism.” Hence The Lincoln Catechism seek to teach, by rote, the dangers of a president not keeping the faith of the people, or the Constitution.

Catechism books were presented in question-and-answer format, and indoctrinated young minds in the Faith. They left deep memories. I still remember my First Grade Catechism.

Lincoln Catechism cover

The year was 1957:

Q: Who made you?
A: God made me.
Q: Why did God make you?
A: God made me to show His goodness, and to make me happy with Him in Heaven.

I was a good little student, and, if memory serves, a good little Catholic. Answers implanted early tend to remain in memory.

But go back fourscore and seventeen years before 1957, into the midst of a close and bitter presidential campaign. In 1864, the war was unpopular, and the sitting president was more so. Lincoln, in the year before his death, was so unpopular that his re-election, even in the voting North, was in question until the votes were counted. (It was only after his assassination that he became wildly revered, a reaction that was instant and apparently permanent.)

Back in ’64, the Democrats, led by General George McClellan, a man bitter from having been dismissed from his command by President Lincoln, pulled no punches. Unlike in his military campaigns, wherein he much preferred the safe activities of drills to battle, Little Mac campaigned furiously against his personal and his Party’s enemy.

One campaign tool that was widely distributed on behalf of the Democratic Party was a sweet little book titled, “The Lincoln Catechism,” which depicted “The humors of Uncle Abe.” The author’s (possibly fictitious) name was Andrew Adderup, who purportedly hailed from Lincoln’s home town of Springfield, Illinois; the book was published in the (then as now) Democratic enclave of New York City.

This “Catechism, Wherein the Eccentricities & Beauties of Despotism are Fully Set Forth,” purported to show Republican beliefs. The entire text is available but some telling quotes are below.

It is interesting to see how what Democrats said Republicans believed then, but which Democrats seem to actually believe, now.

Q: What is the Constitution?

A: A compact with Hell, now obsolete.

Q: What is the meaning of the word “traitor?”

A: One who is a stickler for the Constitution and the laws.

Q: What is the meaning of “the government?”

A: The president.

Q: What is truth?

A: A lie.

Q: What is the meaning of an oath?

A: To swear not to do the thing you promise.

Q: What does the gospel teach?

A: That we shall hate those who do not believe with us, and persecute those who never wronged us.

Q: Have the people any rights?

A: None but such as the President gives.

Q: What is the meaning of the President’s oath that he “will, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States?”

A: That he will do all in his power to subvert and destroy it.

Q: What is the meaning of that part of his oath in which he swears “to take care that the laws be faithfully executed?”

A: That he will… override and disobey the laws.

Q: What is the meaning of the word, “Law?”

A: The will of the President.

The takeaway from reading the 1864 book is that maybe Democrats have taken their Catechism fully to heart. On the Constitution, on law – President Obama has assimilated these sound bytes into the partisan DNA of his party’s leaders and minions.

In this way, they are much more genetically evolved (inbred?) than Republicans, who still seem confused about such things.

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  • Tim Kern

    …and now he’s given the communist government in Cuba another victory.