America’s Most Revered Good Friday: April 14, 1865
During the Civil War, Americans in both the North and South were regularly asked to perform penance to support the soldiers in combat.
Throughout the war, President Davis regularly asked the people of the Confederate States of America to pray for their soldiers. As revealed in the thought-provoking Civil War history book “Upon the Altar of the Nation”, in three-day or week-long prayer events throughout the war, the people of the southern states complied: fasting, saying extra prayers, and attending church services in cities, towns and villages all over The South.
In the North, President Lincoln often did the same thing, asking Americans to call on God to protect Union forces engaged in combat.
Largely ignored in history books about the Civil War, this national spiritual movement is a special insight into the mindset of Americans of that era. They were God-fearing and humble. And just as impressively, they believed in the power of communal prayer.
Belief in the God of the Bible was an unspoken given among Americans of that era. This is why President Lincoln’s religious tone in his Second Inaugural Address resonated across the nation: everybody understood his concise, humble and reverent message about the importance of God in America.
One of the fascinating twists at the end of the Civil War was Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Just like this year, Good Friday in 1865 fell on Friday, April 14th. Two days later, April 16th was Easter Sunday. General Lee had surrendered his army a week earlier, and the nation was experiencing a week-long exhale as the Civil War ended.
But on that Good Friday evening, the bitter John Wilkes Booth shot the president in the back of the head less than a half mile from the White House during a play performance at Ford’s Theater. Booth leapt from the president’s box to the stage, shouting at the audience as he limped across the stage to escape. Mrs. Lincoln screamed as she and the other guests in the president’s box realized what had just happened. Bleeding profusely, President Lincoln could not be moved very far. A group from the audience carried the president across the street to a boarding house and crammed his unconscious 6’4” frame into a small bed in hopes of saving his life.
Members of his cabinet waited at his bedside through the night, desperately listening for his faint heaving breaths between the wails of his distraught wife whom they kept in a different room across the hall.
At dawn on the morning of April 15th, Holy Saturday morning, Lincoln exhaled for the last time. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton whispered to the men packed in the room, “Now he belongs to the ages.”
Thanks to the technological miracle of that age called the telegraph, people across the continent learned of Lincoln’s murder by Easter Sunday. In retrospect, General Grant declared, “In his death the nation lost its greatest hero; in his death the South lost its most just friend.”
The president’s death was a jolting closure to one of the world’s most brutal wars. Americans instantly made the religious connection of Lincoln sacrificing his life for America at the instant when victory was secure. Contemporary scholars noted that like Moses, Old Abe was able to see the Promised Land but not allowed to enter it.
Americans intuitively understood that Lincoln was the redeemer of America’s founding principles celebrated in the Declaration of Independence which were branded on the souls of every American child from that day forward.
Because Christianity was so ingrained in American society, in a powerful and another unspoken way across American culture, Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on Good Friday and death during the Pascal Triduum fused him in the hearts of Americans as the Civil War’s sacrificial lamb, and turned him into an American Martyr.
–The Beltway Bandit
What is the best Epitaph for Obama’s Tombstone…?
…between Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack Obama ?
Martin Luther King believed in his heritage—as an American.
He believed that every person born in America inherited the full rights guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States. He spent his career and often risked physical abuse fighting for that single goal.
Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up in an America which taught every child to cherish our Founding Fathers, our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our heritage. So there was little irony that Dr. King arose as a black leader who celebrated America.
After black Americans sacrificed and died alongside white Americans during the Second World War, and when soon after the economy expanded so rapidly offering black Americans economic opportunities which had been unimaginable to their parents, they demanded that alongside those opportunities, they now be guaranteed the rights to vote and to participate fully as Americans—not as second class or inferior Americans.
King arose as a catalyst for the cause of political and social freedom. During many marches, speeches, and even during his time in jail, he wrote of the duty of Americans to accept blacks as full Americans, as proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and promised in the Constitution.
In his most famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, King spoke of his children playing side by side with white Americans, without any condemnation or malice.
Although he did not live to see the result of his work, King succeeded. Black Americans are lauded in entertainment, sports, and business. Most of our biggest celebrities over the last 35 years have been black: from Michael Jackson, Oprah, and Michael Jordan to Robert L. Johnson, the Williams Sisters and Puff Daddy, up to Beyoncé, JayZ, Samuel L. Jackson, and Barack and Michelle Obama. They are lauded for their successes, and children across the nation look up to them.
So why is Dr. King different from President Obama?
You can go in to almost any public school across America and see a life-sized-mural of a grinning President Obama with arms folded standing in front of an American flag with a smaller picture of Martin Luther King, Jr in one corner and Frederick Douglass in the other corner.
But the difference between Obama and King is crystal clear: Dr. King believed in America. He rarely gave a speech or interview without expressing his reverence for the Constitution and the urgency of fulfilling its promise to all Americans.
Dr. King used his faith in God and faith in the goodness of Americans to expand opportunities for a suppressed minority. Obama did the opposite.
President Obama has spent his career voicing disdain for the Constitution and insulting Americans. He spent the last eight years ignoring or leap-frogging clear constitutional law and precedent to force his vision of a transformed society onto a shocked America.
Obama regularly claimed the mantle of Martin Luther King, Jr.
But only one man loved America.
— the Beltway Bandit
Tuned to the Chris Plante Show today, I listened as he pondered Obama’s legacy, and then asked listeners to call with their opinions.
One man called in and said, ” Kennedy put a man on the Moon, and Obama put a man in the girls’ bathroom.”
— The Beltway Bandit
1. Barack Obama is never going away. But he will continue to say insipid things about the country he never bothered to learn anything about: America.
Boy are the Clintons in trouble.
Since they set up the “Clinton Global Initiative” Bill and Hillary have been milking corporations and foreign governments to gain access to federal contracts and future favors.
As with all things dealing with the Clintons, everything was based on promises of future favors. Bill and Hillary both promised that when Hillary became president, every donor would have immediate and constant access to her.
As conceited as the couple is, they assured themselves that it was only a matter of time until they returned to the Oval Office.
But then Barack Obama dashed their plans.
No problem, they assured their vast list of donors. Hillary will win at the next election. But then Obama won re-nomination in 2012, and returned for a second presidential term.
No problem, Bill and Hillary again promised their donors. In the meantime, don’t be afraid to donate more money to the foundation to assure that she doesn’t forget about you when she becomes president.
But now she lost to President-Elect Trump.
…And now it’s all about to hit the fan.
You see, all those foreign governments gave and gave and gave to the Clinton Foundation, believing Bill’s sell-job that Hillary couldn’t lose. It turns out that most of the government donors were from countries that are persistently unfriendly to the United States. Best of all, most of those countries are run by despots willing to get rid of people to get their way.
Now that they’ve tossed million and millions of dollars to the wind in a gamble on future access to Hillary Clinton, some of those despots are going to ask for their money back.
When Bill and Hillary refuse to do so, the despots will get mad–very mad.
Dictators are going to demand their money back. Bill and Hillary are going to have to start watching their backs.
This is why the Secret Service Agents who will soon be charged with protecting Bill and Hillary now have the hardest jobs in Washington.
–The Beltway Bandit