Monday, February 5, 2018

Lincoln’s Fundamental Principles

Lincoln Reconsidered was written by David Herbert Donald. It is a book of essays on Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s perspective of politics was unique, and though he often appeared naive, he was an adroit political thinker. These are his fundamental principles.

Rejected tests of doctrinal purity.

Faced political reality as it was, not as it could become.

Refused to force reality into a formula. Recognized each problem as unique.

Willingness to change or adapt with events.

Did not make irredeemable promises against the future.

“I think it is enough if the man does no wrong hereafter.”—Abraham Lincoln

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