Donald R. McClarey

Read The Declaration on the Fourth

  The Declaration of Independence was formed by the representatives of American liberty from thirteen States of the confederacy—twelve of which were slave holding communities. We need not discuss the way or the reason of their becoming slave holding communities.

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Donald R. McClarey

Now There Are Calls to Tear it Down

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute.

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Donald R. McClarey

Statue of Lincoln Vandalized

Just in case anyone isn’t clear on the concept that the Black Lives Matter movement is at war with civilization.  Even statues of Gandhi aren’t safe:   This is a despicable, deeply cynical and violent movement, filled with hate and

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Donald R. McClarey

April 15, 1865: Death of Lincoln

Due to an assassin’s bullet, the story of Abraham Lincoln came to an end one hundred and fifty-five years ago.  Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, noted in his diary the last few hours of our sixteenth president:    

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Donald R. McClarey

The True Revolution

Most so-called revolutions in this vale of tears have been mere rearranging of deck chairs, with new elites exercising the power of the State.  What was truly revolutionary about our Revolution was its ideas, and how those championed by the

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Donald R. McClarey

Lincoln on Washington

This is the one hundred and tenth anniversary of the birth-day of Washington. We are met to celebrate this day. Washington is the mightiest name of earth — long since mightiest in the cause of civil liberty; still mightiest in

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Donald R. McClarey

March 4, 1865: The Greatest Inaugural Address

  Hands down the most moving  inaugural address in American history is the second inaugural address given by President Lincoln, little over a month before his death.  It is short, to the point and powerful.  It is also the most important

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Donald R. McClarey

The Legality of the Emancipation Proclamation

  A striking scene from the movie Lincoln (2012) in which Lincoln and his Cabinet discuss the legality of the Emancipation Proclamation and the necessity of a Constitutional amendment banning slavery.  This was the way Lincoln’s mind worked.  He was

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Donald R. McClarey

Lincolns

“How many ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted over In states unborn and accents yet unknown?” Cassius, Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare Lincoln has been portrayed hundreds of times in films and on tv programs.  I thought that

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Donald R. McClarey

November 21, 1864: Letter to Mrs. Bixby

Executive Mansion, Washington, Nov. 21, 1864. Dear Madam,—I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the

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Donald R. McClarey

Gettysburg Address: November 19, 1863

Johnny Cash in the above video does a superb job of reading the Gettysburg Address.  Go here to read my analysis of the Gettysburg Address.  Winston Churchill, certainly the greatest orator of the English language in the last century, deemed

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Donald R. McClarey

A Lawyer’s Creed

  Abraham Lincoln wrote the following sometime in the 1850’s.  Why he wrote it is unknown.  Perhaps he was giving a speech on the practice of law.  If so, we have no record of him delivering it.  The notes were

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Donald R. McClarey

Lincoln’s Dream

Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, made this notation in his diary regarding the cabinet meeting that occurred at noon on the day of  the assassination of Lincoln:  “Congratulations were interchanged, and earnest inquiry was made whether any information had been

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Donald R. McClarey

Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association

Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We, of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will

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Donald R. McClarey

The Day the World Wept

The things you find on Youtube! First broadcast on February 9, 1960, the above is an episode of One Step Beyond entitled The Day the World Wept.  The Twilight Zone before the Twilight Zone, One Step Beoynd ran on ABC

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Donald R. McClarey

Bishop Sheen on Lincoln

  I have been reading quite a bit about Lincoln over the weekend, which is not very unusual for me when I am not laboring in the law mines.   In that regard,  Bishop Sheen retold the life of Abraham Lincoln

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Donald R. McClarey

July 4, 1861: Lincoln Message to Congress

  I doubt if there has been a gloomier Fourth of July for the nation than the one in 1861 with the nation divided and a civil war underway.  Lincoln in his message to Congress on that day, explained his

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Donald R. McClarey

Lincoln on the Declaration of Independence

    I am filled with deep emotion at finding myself standing here in the place where were collected together the wisdom, the patriotism, the devotion to principle, from which sprang the institutions under which we live. You have kindly

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Donald R. McClarey

The Face of Lincoln

  The things you find on the Internet!  From 1955, a look at the career of Abraham Lincoln by Professor Robert Merrell Gage as he sculpts a bust of the Great Emancipator.  This film won an Academy Award for best

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Donald R. McClarey

Thomas Lincoln and His Son

Thomas Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln did not have an idyllic father and son relationship.  They were vastly different men, and most historians have focused on those differences, and the estrangement that grew between them after Abraham Lincoln reached adulthood.  What

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Donald R. McClarey

Personally Opposed

“What we want, and all we want, is to have with us the men who think slavery wrong. But those who say they hate slavery, and are opposed to it, but yet act with the Democratic party — where are

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Donald R. McClarey

We Are All Americans

    I feel that we are on the eve of a new era, when there is to be great harmony between the Federal and Confederate. I cannot stay to be a living witness to the correctness of this prophecy;

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Donald R. McClarey

May 6, 1863: What Will the Country Say!

One hundred and fifty-six years ago Robert E. Lee had inflicted on the Union its most stunning defeat of the War, and brought the Union to its lowest point in that conflict. Lee had won an incredible victory against an

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Donald R. McClarey

April 15, 1865: Death of Lincoln

The gaunt man, Abraham Lincoln, woke one morning From a new dream that yet was an old dream For he had known it many times before And, usually, its coming prophesied Important news of some sort, good or bad, Though

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Donald R. McClarey

Two-Hundred and Ten Years

Today is the 210th birthday of Abraham Lincoln.  It is a state holiday in Illinois and the courts are closed.  However, I would have my law firm closed today even if were not a state holiday.  Abraham Lincoln deeply resonates

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Donald R. McClarey

Hal Holbrook on Playing Lincoln

  Hal Holbrook starred in a miniseries back in 1974 where he played Lincoln.  The series was based on Carl Sandburg’s romantic, if dubious historically, take on Lincoln in his Pulitzer winning biography.  The episodes in the miniseries do not

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Donald R. McClarey

Christ the King

    “I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them,

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Donald R. McClarey

Lincoln and the Creation of Thanksgiving

    In the midst of this, however, He, from Whom all blessings flow, must not be forgotten. A call for a national thanksgiving is being prepared, and will be duly promulgated. Abraham Lincoln, from his last public address, April

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Donald R. McClarey

Gettysburg Addresses

              Presidents during their presidencies make hundreds of speeches.  Most are utterly forgotten soon after they are delivered.  Even most of the speeches by a president who is also a skilled orator, as Lincoln was,

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Donald R. McClarey

Ghosts of the Library

  One of my favorite stops at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield.   The Thirty-third Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organized at Camp Butler, Illinois, in the month of September, 1861, by Colonel Chas. E. Hovey, and mustered into the

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Donald R. McClarey

Ten Years of TAC: The Almighty Has His Own Purposes

(The American Catholic will observe its tenth anniversary in October.  We will be reposting some classic TAC posts of the past.  This post is from October 13, 2010.  The above video is a new addition to the post.)   My

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