ILA Blog

Recent political events in Pakistan (declaration of emergency rule), Burma (the peaceful “Saffron” revolution), and Georgia (a crackdown after the “Rose revolution”), raise issues regarding the fate of democracy. This new blog encourages readers to submit comments and commentary on these and related events around the world, especially when Abraham Lincoln’s name is evoked.

It is important to emphasize that Abraham Lincoln defined democracy in his Gettysburg Address in 1863, and that he elaborated on democratic political philosophy in his Second Inaugural Address in 1864, with his creed “with malice toward none” that echoed the classical magnanimity he practiced.

The record of the Great Commoner/Emancipator/democrat needs to be placed in the perspective of one of the world’s major civil wars. Though he may have governed the most extra-constitutionally of any president up to that time in American history, he fully understood that his actions would be reviewed by the Congress, the Supreme Court, and ultimately the people. Moreover, though he felt certain of losing, Lincoln chose to hold the 1864 election.

  • Musharraf is not a Lincoln

    This is the story of General Pervez Musharraf (dictator) and Abraham Lincoln (greatest President in U.S. history). I am a simple guy who does not know a lot about history, but even I can figure out the difference between truth and injustice. I do not believe in his military-civilian option. I remember his first speech and it was not different from other dictators in Pakistan or around the world. But again I listened to his speech and told myself maybe this dictator is different and he really wants Pakistan to change for good. He made a lot of promises and ...

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