How honest was Abe?

Question by Eye of Amalek: How honest was Abe?
The notion that Lincoln’s Union preceded the states is a tall tale. Author Tom DiLorenzo, in his celebrated new book, The Real Lincoln, calls it Lincoln’s spectacular lie, as so named by Emory University philosopher, Donald Livingston.

The War Between the States was fought, in Lincoln’s mind, to preserve the sanctity of centralization powered by a strong and unchecked federal government. Only through such an established order could Lincoln do his Whig friends the honor of advancing The American System, a mercantilist arrangement that spawned corporate welfare, a monetary monopoly for the Feds, and a protectionist tariff approach that stymied free traders everywhere.

This power role for the Feds, as envisioned by Lincoln, had no room for the philosophy of the earlier Jeffersonians, who in 1798, were declaring that states’ rights were supreme. Both Madison and Jefferson, in the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, legitimized the concept of state sovereignty via the policy of nullification, an inherent right for states to declare federal acts invalid if unconstitutional. And before that, let it be duly noted that the right to secede is, as DiLorenzo says, “not expressly prohibited by the Constitution.”

Lincoln, however, believed that secession was basically an act of treason. To him, the glory of the Union was based upon a holier-than-thou view of the core elites who would run the Washington Machine, doling out the federal largesse to its friends and political supporters, those mostly being Northern manufacturers and merchants. Therefore, the Southern secessionist movement and its claim of self-rule violated the Lincolnian principle of nationalization and coercive law in his move toward complete centralization. So what was Lincoln to do?

Lincoln had to stamp out Southern Independence, and would start with a demonization of secession as “an ingenious sophism.” DiLorenzo focuses on the two political arguments Lincoln used against secession, one being that secession inevitably meant anarchy, which therefore violated the principle of majority rule. As DiLorenzo points out, the founders of our system of government “clearly understood that political decisions under majority rule are always more to the liking of the voters in a smaller political unit.” The other Lincoln argument against peaceful secession is that allowing the Southern states to secede would lead to more secession, which in turn leads to anarchy. Clearly, that is a crass argument that would not stand the test of time.

“The advocates of secession”, says DiLorenzo, “always understood that it stood as a powerful check on the expansive proclivities of government and that even the threat of secession or nullification could modify the federal government’s inclination to overstep its constitutional bounds.”

DiLorenzo takes the reader on a summarized journey of secessionist history, from the earliest parting by colonialists from the wrath of King George, to the New England secessionists, who pre-dated the Southern movement by over a half-century. Oddly enough, it was the New England Federalists that had first threatened to dissolve the Union because of an intense hatred of Southern aristocracy. Beginning with the election of Jefferson to the Presidency, an intense battle over individual morality, immigration, trade restrictions, and regional principles sparked a division between the Puritan Northeast and a more freewheeling and influential South. In order to eliminate all political ties, the Northeasterners tried in vain to break the bonds of Union, and the movement lasted until the failed Secessionist Convention in 1814, as the War of 1812 came to a close.

As the author points out, during the entire New England ordeal, there is virtually no literature to be found that supports the view that the inherent right to secession was non-existent. It was, in fact, really never questioned.

Eventually, Lincoln needed a trump card and turned to using the institution of slavery as the emotional taffy-pull to rouse the citizenry for a long and bloody war. Though, indeed, the earliest words of Lincoln defy this purpose as he consistently reveled in the triumph of the all-powerful centralized state that would one day achieve “national greatness.” Even DiLorenzo doesn’t attempt to define what this means, but only describes those words as having some sort of “alleged mystical value.” The Lincoln war machine was thus set in motion, with the ends of an Empire run by chosen elites justifying the means of tyranny.

The states, in a Lincolnian democracy, would be forever underneath the footprint of Union hegemony.

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Answer by Tony C
I’m not sure whether this is a question or a statement. Either way it’s utterly pointless to rehash the old arguments for secession. The war was fought to decide that issue and it has been well and truly decided.

Lincoln was elected president of the whole United States, not just of those who voted for him. As I see it, one of the prime duties of the Chief Executive is to preserve the United States as a nation. That’s what he did.

As to how honest he was, well he was a politician and politics is not a place for honest men, not if they want to succeed anyway. Yes, he bent the rules, and yes he even did things that were probably illegal (arresting the legislature of Maryland for example). But you really can’t criticise him for doing what he was elected to do.

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Need your advice on my short cover letter. Please be honest.?

Question by James B: Need your advice on my short cover letter. Please be honest.?
(If you desire to edit and email me. MY Email is

My cover letter is below:

Seeking a position as an Instructor in the areas of Religion, Philosophy or Education at %%%%% University


I have taught Theatre Arts in the public school system of four years and in September of 2007, I have accepted a position as a High School Educational Counselor position for Talent Search at %%%% University. In addition, I have pastored a church for five years.

My educational background includes a Bachelors Degree in Speech and Drama with a minor in Religion and Philosophy and a Masters of Divinity from Virginia Union University. I also have Masters Degree in Education and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. Currently, I am in my first year as a doctoral candidate for an Educational Leadership degree with Argosy University.

I am energetic, creative and I am able to employ a variety of instructional strategies to reach the diversity of learners in a classroom. I have always been interested in teaching in an institute of higher learning.

Your program will provide an excellent opportunity for me to utilize my academic background in education, religion and philosophy to help students make connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they learn in the real world.

Argosy University
Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership, (EDD)- Anticipated graduation 2010

University of Phoenix
Master of Arts in Education, (MAED) Curriculum and Instruction-2006

Virginia Union University
Master of Divinity (M. Div)-Major, Theology-2006

Bachelors of Arts (B.A.)-Major, Speech and Drama-1999, cum laude

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Answer by MM
Did you mean you needed advice on your resume? A cover letter is supposed to express your interest in the specific job, highlight a few (emphasis on few) points from your resume or provide additional information you couldn’t fit into it about why you’re the best qualified candidate, and to let the recruiter know anything else they might need to about the best time and method to contact you for an interview. All this should take a few short but solid paragraphs. Save the meat of your qualifications and the bullet points for the attached resume.

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Please tell me your thoughts about my resume. (Honest thoughtful opinions)?

Question by Andre L: Please tell me your thoughts about my resume. (Honest thoughtful opinions)?
Reverend JOHN DOE



Seeking a Baptist congregation that will enable me to exercise my calling as a pastor to create a clear vision for a church in the areas of executive leadership, preaching, teaching, and encouraging spiritual growth among God’s people.


I am dedicated to deepening my calling to the ministry. I am equipped with a spiritual gift for building people, families and communities to further the commission of Christ. I have been practicing in the ministry for 9 years. For the past four years, I have been called to pastor “BLANK-BLANK Baptist Church of Taverville in “BLANK-BLANK”, North Carolina. Amburg has grown spiritually, numerically, and financially during my tenure as pastor. In addition to being called to the ministry, I am also a Fine Arts teacher in the ?????? City Public Schools system in Carson City, North Carolina. Teaching has enabled me to develop skills to build a youth and youth ministry that address the total needs of children through education, recreation, spiritual support and mentoring. My ministry philosophy is that the African American church should not simply be an isolated institution that is only connected to the community because of its physical location. Rather the African American church should strive to be the heartbeat of its community by addressing the holistic needs of individuals and the community in which it serves. The most important needs include spirituality, economic improvement and social justice.


•Dedicated Pastor/Motivator
•Expositor of God’s Word
•Teacher/Strong Educational Leader
•Community Activism
•Member of N.A.A.C.P
•Southside Rappahannock Baptist Association
•Baptist General Convention of Virginia
•Outstanding Student Leadership (Virginia Union University)
•Ministers Alliance, President 1999 (Virginia Union University)
•Metro Tidewater Ministers Conference

University of Phoenix
Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership, (EDD) Emphasis: Curriculum and Instruction candidate
(Anticipated date of graduation-2010)
Master of Arts in Education, (MAED) Emphasis: Curriculum and Instruction-2006

Virginia Union University
Master of Divinity (M. Div.) -2006
Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) -Major, Speech and Drama-1999, Cum Laude
Associate of Religion and Philosophy-1999

Certificate of Ordination-December 10, 2000
Certificate of License-September 7, 1997
Evangelism Training-September 7, 1993


BLANK-BLANK Church ………………………….………………11/02-Present
•Responsible for delivery of up-lifting sermons and sermon series to the congregation
•Responsible for delegating and planning church events such as Revivals, Men’s Days, Women’s Days, Church Anniversary, Homecoming services and Community Birthday Celebrations
•Developed effective programs in the church that address the needs of the congregation; Sunday School Ministry and Bible Study
•Insured the church maintain transparency in financial record keeping and made sure that the church maintained fiscal responsibility

Major improvements at Amburg

Spiritual Improvements
• The church re-implemented a Sunday School Ministry that had been inactive for many years.
• The church implemented a Bible Study Ministry Series, “Journey through the Bible”
•Newly implemented annual events; Black History Program and Christmas Gospel Extravaganza
• Numerical growth
Structural and Operational Improvements
•Church parking lot paved
•Upgraded kitchen appliances; refrigerator and a microwave
•Sunday School resources; television and DVD/VCR was purchased for Bible Study usage
•Musical Department; Keyboard with multilayered sounds, and a drum set was purchased
•Office Materials; Computer with faxing capabilities, and a printer/copier was purchased
•Upgraded church bulletins, implemented Church Newsletter Ministry

BLANK BLANK Church of Amburg…………………………………………….09/01-09/02
Associate Minister
•Worked under the pastor to develop a stronger Sunday school and develop special events such as revivals, Men’s Day services, Woman’s Day and etc.
•Assisted Pastor with Communion and visitations with sick and shut in members
•Minister of Music


BLANK-BLANK High School….…………………………….2002-Present school year
BLANK-BLANK Public Schools, Carson City, North Carolina
Fine Arts Teacher
Courses: ????? I, II

Lindsey Middle School……………………………………..….…2001-2002 school year
Hampton Public Schools, Hampton, Virginia
Long term substitute Teacher, P.E.

Newport News Recreation Department………………….………………….08/00-08/01
Recreation Center Supervisor Newport News, Virginia
•Responsible for creating a safe and structured environment in which students can explore their creativity and athletic ability.
•Responsible for the overall financial management and fiscal responsibility of my site and its resources.
•Liaison between parents, staff and central office
•A member of the hiring committee: conducted interviews, reference verifications and assisted in composing training materials

Summer Positions/ Part time/Volunteer

Tidewater Crisis Taskforce………………………………………………….03/03-05/05
Volunteer AIDS Crisis Counselor Norfolk, Virginia
•Counseled HIV/AIDS patience on treatment, participated in group counseling sessions and offered spiritual advisement

Calvary Bible College…………………………………………………………01/00-08/03
Instructor Hampton, Virginia
Courses: Christology, Old Testament, New Testament and Public Speaking

Hampton University………………………………..……………..………….06/03-08/03
Upward Bound Program
Drama Instructor Hampton, Virginia
•Prepared high school college bound students for upcoming production
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Answer by pelister56
Is this a way to post your resume…not bad…Slick though.

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