The problems faced by President Obama and President Lincoln were similar because some problems never change over the generations. For example, maintaining the economy, having access to good educational and health facilities, and being able to create job growth will always remain as problems for the presidents.
When quoting from an earlier speech at his inauguration, President Lincoln said that he had no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. He stated the he did not believe that he had no lawful right to do so, and I had no inclination to do so.
In other words, he had no intention of interfering whatsoever in the matter of slavery.
President Obama felt that we were in a crisis due to the nation being at war, our poor economy, the high cost of health care, our faltering school systems and an energy system that is threatening our planet as well as several others.
When President Lincoln said, “Physically speaking, we cannot separate”, I believe that he was trying to emphasize the fact that we could not built a wall between the north and the south. That the north and south had to remain together regardless if they were fighting or not. That the country had to unite for the good of all. That the strength of our country was its togetherness and if a separation would cause the states to fail both physically and economically. Also, that a separation could even question the states existence.
President Obama said, “For we know that our patchwork heritage is strength, not a weakness.” Explain his arguments in support of this statement.
Lincoln stated his belief in his first inaugural address that the Union, having been formed through the Constitution, was intended to be a permanent institution. He further stated that there is no provision in the Constitution for the Union to “terminate” itself, and that it can only be destroyed by outside means. He felt that the Union was founded to last permanently. He felt that by law they could not separate.
How did President Obama explain, “What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them?”
In this course we have spoken about the roles of the majority and the minority in American political life. According to his inaugural address, what were Lincoln’s views on the role of the majority and the minority?
When President Obama said, “For everywhere we look, there is work to be done” he was referring to the state of our economy at the time and was calling for actions to fix it that would be bold and swift. He knew that we needed to create new jobs in order to help our country grow, to build new roads and bridges and he wanted to restore science to its rightful place. He wanted to improve health care standards and lower the cost of health care.
Also, he wanted to find eco-friendly ways to fuel our cars and run our factories and to bring all institutes of learning up to the standards that were necessary to meet the ever-increasing demands of this new age. He wanted what every other president has ever wanted, to make our country great.
How was the last paragraph of President Lincoln’s speech a plea to the people of the South?
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