September 24, 2013
CITIZENSHIP, RAILROADS AND FREE HOMES...WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE?:
The Lincoln Blueprint : a review of Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream--and How We Can Do It Again
by Rich Lowry (LEWIS E. LEHRMAN from the SEPTEMBER 2013 , American Spectator)
Posted by Orrin Judd at September 24, 2013 6:10 PMRICHARD LOWRY, editor-in chief of National Review, has written a Lincoln book to inspire a great awakening of the classical American dream. Lowry's Lincoln Unbound brings America's 16th president to life in ways that few biographies have attempted. His is a book intended to rejuvenate conservatism and the Republican Party, placing it squarely on the foundation of Lincoln's public philosophy--though the Democrats, if they want to bypass the neo-socialism and statism of their present leadership, would do well to pay attention too. Lowry makes it clear that until the modern Republican Party embraces most (but not all) of Lincoln's comprehensive vision of the American opportunity society, political victory will be elusive. [...]Lowry spells out this Republican-conservative doctrine: "Lincoln believed in a dynamic capitalism that dissolved old ways of life," that "all men were created equal," and that all persons "deserved the opportunity to make the most of themselves." America, Lincoln believed, would be at its best as a diversified commercial and industrial republic grounded in free soil and free men. With every fiber of his being, Lincoln worked to make America a nation open to all talents--in peace, even in war. For example, his economic program during the war was an extraordinary design for growth and nation-building, employing capital and labor cooperatively in order to defeat the Confederacy and stitch together a prosperous continental country for the future. The land-grant colleges, the transcontinental railroad, the Homestead Act--which privatized the vast public lands of the Plains states--the National Banking Act, the Freedmen's Bureau, and so much more were launched during the Civil War.