Abraham Lincoln’s Legitimate Object of Government…

Document written by Abraham Lincoln 1840s

Many run around like chickens with their heads cut off while they spew their own rhetoric about all things that they know and that which they do not know in maybe five minutes. Like they suddenly became well learned Scholars for a second or two of time. And most won’t take or never labor the time to investigate what our forefathers thought about this Nation during a tumultuous time period-Years leading up to and during the Great Civil War. The greatest number of Deaths took place for what men believed to be correct and were necessarily deep in their thoughts of Duty, Belief, and Country? But Government?

Today, we are faced with a growing unrest with how each of us in 🇺🇸 think, believing what is right and what is wrong. There are true scruples of our unrest. It is not a Republican Issue. It is not a Democrat Issue. No, it is far greater than any political Party’s unrest. It is an individual Issue. Our Individual Issue. A reality without blinders that speculates beyond simple reasoning. Far beyond the deepest thoughts most are willing to endeavour to visit. Like a Visit with absolutely no planning. But planning today must be awoken on How to mend all broken hearts, minds, and Bridges. And give something back far more than that which has already been taken, been stolen.

And what unrest we have today is so very similarly, deeply rooted in our past in an encompassing sphere of open and closed doors. Some doors open to some and on many Levels of which doors are Open to each individual. Most are only receiving the partial picture and never wholly given the finality of any image. A Kaleidoscope of so many thoughts and images.

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And now, I wanted to share with you How Abraham Lincoln thought on the Object of Government. But not just any Government Objection. No, what was his view of a Legitimate Objection to Government? Here, read His thoughts in his own handwriting for yourself. This is so freaking in line with how it is today in adjustable consequences. And President Abraham Lincoln felt so moved by this Issue that he labored to write about it. These words on the surface seem trite. But they are deeply, so deeply in his depths of deep thoughts that those times demanded. Fruitless words cannot harvest a single child when the adults burn down the Orchid.

So, where is a tiny treasonous reason of the Capitol Rioting? Or did any of them even try to find an answer from the Past? To look at something far greater than themselves?

I think not.

Abraham Lincoln papers
Abraham Lincoln, Fragment “The Legitimate Object of Government is… .”1
, [1840s?]
1 Nothing is known about the circumstances that gave rise to this document. The
conjectural date assigned this document by Nicolay and Hay, July 1, 1854 is no help, as
it appears unfounded. What Lincoln thought was the proper and legitimate object of
government would become a momentous matter when he became president of a nation
in peril of dissolution, but the document does not seem to have been written with that
in mind.
(I disagree, I think that it had the Civil War and dissolution very much in his thinking-read it several times slowly and you might agree with me. Major points are made with a final thought of finality and it is what it is even today almost 200 years later) What is on view in this document, and one that seems to be a revision of it (see
Collected Works, II, 221-22), is Lincoln’s attempt to state as concisely as possible what the
core business of government was and, by implication, what it was not.
It may well belong to
the period of his election to and service in Congress (1846-49).

Here are the words in the above Document if you could not read them-


The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have
done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves — in their separate, and individual
capacities—
In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere—
The desirable things which the individuals of a people can not do, or can not well do, for themselves,
fall into two classes; those which have relation to to wrongs, and those which have not— Each of
these branch off into an infinite variety of subdivisions—
The first — that in relation to wrongs — embraces all crimes, misdemeanors, and non-performance
of contracts— The other embraces all which, in it’s nature, and without wrong, requires combined
action, as public roads and highways, public schools, charities, pauperism*, orphanage, estates of the
deceased, and the machinery of government itself—
From this it appears that if all men were just there still would be some, though not so much need of
government—My best understanding of this paragraph is as follows-

From this, it appears that if all men were JUST, there still would be some who would still think that there would not be much need of Government.

*Pauperism (Lat. pauper, poor) is a term meaning poverty or generally the state of being poor, but in English usage particularly the condition of being a “pauper”, i.e. in receipt of relief administered under the English Poor Laws. … In this sense the word is to be distinguished from “poverty”.

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