Wall Street Journal: Some Reasons We Honor Lincoln on Presidents Day

In a letter to the editor on the Wall Street Journal’s website, Hadley Arkes, Edward N. Ney Professor in American Institutions, argued that President Abraham Lincoln had more than enough qualifications for office, contrary to what the writer of an earlier Journal piece had asserted. “In the measuring of statecraft, the capacity of a leader to articulate the moral and political ends of the regime he would preserve, would indeed be counted as experience most relevant,” Arkes wrote. “And contrary to Mr. Tofel, it was not at the end of eight weeks in office that Lincoln ‘found his voice.’ That was the voice that led the American people to put him there.”



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