History was made tonight when Daniel Day-Lewis won an Oscar for Best Actor. This was the first time in Academy Award history that an actor has won this prestigious award three times. I agree, his performance in the movie “Lincoln” was nothing short of amazing. Congratulation Daniel Day-Lewis!
Over the past year there has been quite a bit of discussion among my family and friends about President Lincoln. First, my good friend Augustin Stucker released his much anticipated book, “Lincoln & Davis – A Dual Biography Of America’s Civil War Presidents.” Augustin has been studying President Abraham Lincoln for most of his life and has written a compelling book about Davis and Lincoln, two enormously complex men.
With this in mind, when my husband Steven and I went to see the movie, “Lincoln,” we did not go as casual observers, at least my husband didn’t. He is a serious student and fan of the political process and the law. He told me several of his insights as we were leaving the movie, one of them being how the Democratic Party was now more like Republican Party was back then and vice versa.
Augustin Stucker came to the same conclusion. He stated, “Lincoln would not recognize today’s Republican Party.” “Both have switched places, switched ideas in 150 years. The Republicans started out then as liberals and now with the emergence of the Tea Party, they are in favor of smaller central government.”
He also said, “Lincoln was the first president to really start with a larger central government to provide for people’s needs – now you have it reversed.”
If you are a history buff, you will thoroughly enjoy Augustin Stucker’s insightful book.
Coincidentally, Augustin is the husband of Peggy Gohl, a wonderfully talented lady who I have performed with for many years in Dean Martin’s Golddiggers and in “Showstoppers.” Peggy is one of my dearest friends; a funny, kind and giving woman. I am very grateful to have her in my life.
About the book, Lincoln & Davis – A Dual Biography Of American Presidents: “The story of Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln is the story of the United States, and without either of their lives and influence we would not be the nation we are today. Davis and Lincoln were born within 9 months and 100 miles of each other in Kentucky log cabins. Their parallel lives from that point forward were eerily similar in spite of Davis remaining a life-long Southerner and Lincoln moving to and settling in Illinois. Both men were ambitious and drawn to the world of politics where Davis, an ardent slaveholder and state rights leader and Lincoln, seeking to limit and eradicate slavery, worked tirelessly to avoid Civil War up to the moment of Southern secession. Finally, Lincoln and Davis were each considered martyrs after leading their nations through the conclusion of the Civil War. This is their compelling story, including relating the stark political events of their era being replayed across today’s America.”
Purchase Augustin Stucker’s book here – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lincoln-davis-augustin-stucker/1107099465
I am enjoying looking back at Lincoln’s wonderful legacy and understanding how his life was influence by other great men and biblical ideals. Thank you Mr. Lincoln and all who came before him.
“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.”
– Abraham Lincoln (August 1, 1858 Fragment on Democracy)
“In your relationships with one another, have the same Mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” – Philippians 2: 5-7
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” – Abraham Lincoln
“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” – Jesus (Mark 3:25)
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