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Cheney is no Lincoln

Cheney is no Lincoln

In her concession speech, Congresswoman Liz Cheney not only alluded to arguably America’s greatest President – and the political founder of the Republican party – Abraham Lincoln. That is not uncommon for GOP Candidates and Party leaders.  Republican organizations across the country have an annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

I have a special respect for Lincoln.  On my bookshelves are more than 100 books on the 16th President – including many penned by people who knew him personally.  Those are among my favorite reading.  I have images and Lincolnian artifacts displayed in my home – including original photographs.  My favorite is Lincoln and his son.

I was bothered by Cheney’s references to Lincoln because they were self-serving.  She was not alluding to Lincoln to make points on principles – but rather in a comparison between Old Abe and herself.

She noted that he had lost elections before ascending to the presidency.  That appeared to be a comparison to her crushing defeat and her intimation that she may be a candidate for President in 2024.

She suggested that the times leading up to Lincoln’s election to the highest office in the land were similar to what we see today – both being a run-up to a civil war.

Then there is that civil war narrative currently popular with those on the left – Democrats, the media and Cheney. 

Anyone who knows American history would immediately see the utter lack of legitimacy in the comparison.  In fact, I see nothing going on that remotely provides evidence of an imminent civil war – or even an ongoing insurrection … or coup attempt.  Those who say we are in a particularly dangerous time in terms of political violence did not live through – or even hear about — the 1960s when the left was bombing, rioting (insurrecting?) and killing.  

Racist Democrats killed President Kennedy and Martin Luther King. An international terrorist killed Senator Robert Kennedy.  A left-wing shot and crippled Governor George Wallace as he was campaigning for President.  Hundreds of thousands of left-wing protestors descended on Washington and even breached the Capitol Building.  All that, and no one was claiming that the American Republic was teetering….

Shortly after Lincoln was elected – and before he was inaugurated – southern Democrat states started seceding from the Union.  Both sides were building armies of millions of young men – and more than 400,000 died in five years of bloody battles.

As divided as America may be political, there is no broad sentiment for civil war. While there has been political violence, it has not come close to a critical mass that would have neighbors shooting at neighbors.

And speaking of the instance of violence, have you noticed the emphasis on violence from nutcases on the right and the totally dismissing of violence from nutcases on the left?  Example:  Ricky Shiffer, the guy who tried to breach the FBI office in Cincinnati with a nail gun – and was killed by FBI agents — was all over the news for days, and still is.  Conversely, the story of the fellow who went to the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh armed with intent to kill him has fallen off the radar – and never gets mentioned in stories dealing with a rise in domestic violence.  Same with the attack by the women’s terrorist organization attacking pro-life operations.  But I digress.

Cheney and her newfound friends of the left can talk about insurrections, coup attempts, civil wars, and the imminent fall of the American Republic, but that hyperbolic rhetoric is unnecessarily causing division and unrest. No amount of sanctimonious self-serving perceptive claims of courage, principle, and nobility can change that reality.

I understand that Cheney’s voting record is very conservative, but her main effort today is to empower the left-wing Democrats to defeat Republicans in November.  That makes her an agent of the left.  In her case, the past is not a prologue.

Cheney is no Lincoln – and shame on her for falsely appropriating the memory and meaning of the 16th President.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. frank stetson

    You would not only kick a dog when it’s down, you would curb stomp it’s stomach as it put four legs in the air in submission. Sigh.

    It’s not her loss, it’s yours. While you demand compliance, you kill diversity of thought. Apparently, it’s your way or the highway, or worse. To be a Republican, you must accept, heck, you must embrace The Big Lie. You must reject any Trump association with the Capitol insurrection or that an insurrection was even under way, as the President watched on TV, tossed burgers at the wall, and did nothing, for hour upon hour, upon hour. Mike Pence was so scared of everything happening that he wouldn’t even get into the Secret Service car having lost all trust in those protecting him (as well he should have been), Hawley thumbed up the violent mob and then ran like a coward to save himself. And a number of Republicans resigned immediately, some days later, and some testified — you condemn them all for telling their truths.

    People supporting Trump’s Big Lie are going to jail. Soon his upper echelon will be indicted, tried, and off to jail. Not sure Trump will be indicted, or for what, for his January 6th activities, or lack thereof, but I don’t see the value of trashing Cheney over and over after her trouncing in the vote as apparently you do. Have a good gloat, you wear it well.

    • Joe Gilbertson

      Cheney deserved to lose. She agreed to help the Democrats in what was essentially a Democrat campaign event.

      You seem to merge all of the Democrat conspiracies and then pour them out into a big mess. Can I recommend a good writing school?

      • Frank stetson

        Not based on your prose can you select a good writing school. You might break down and invest in a decent search engine, spell checker, and archiving capability for your bargain basement designed website.

        Meanwhile, merger? The Big Lie results in the 1/6 insurrection. Do you actually have any facts or just spew.

        I am sure these connected, conspiratorial, acts escape sheeples like you who pray to your false prophet, full of 30,000 lies, ignoring many truths along the way.

        No wonder you see the aftermath of 1:6 as a campaign event. It’s all you got to legitimize.all the bad deeds of this grifter and his minions.

        How many good Republicans have you tossed under the bus in fealty to your orange haired King of Chaos creating your ever shrinking party of exclusionary thought. Cheny’s just the latest in a long list of a the gallows party that now can only come up with short bus candidates that will soon fail to retake the Senate, maybe lose the House to a President with s shaky economy, high inflation, and very low approval. Keep the faith cuz the facts don’t favor you.

      • tom

        Probably best that you do not make a recommendation Joe. I have read your writings. Very biased and very poor. That is why I do not read your posts anymore. They are putrid. You have much room for improvement!

        • larry Horist

          Tom. … I am curious. How do you respond to posts you do not read?

          • Tom

            LOL How can I respond to posts I do not read Larry! I only respond to posts I read. And I have read enough of Joe’s to not bother reading anymore.

      • H

        Cheney is the demon spawn of her father, and supports the same odious policies as her father. And yet, she still has the intelligence to recognize how dangerous Trump was to the country, and the integrity to risk her position to do something about it (two traits that about 90% of Republicans in Congress don’t have).

        Doesn’t matter that she lost a primary. She’s setting herself up either as a Presidential candidate, and/or as a founder of a new, alternative conservative party. Trump was the end of a viable Republican Party.

    • Dan

      You’re full of filthy cheney

    • Tom

      I agree with you Frank. Thank you for reminding us of all of the things that many (not all, not Larry) Republicans have become: Lie believers, fear mongers, Trump idolators, spinsters, and cheeseburger destroyers! I can handle Trump throwing Mr. Barr or other truth tellers, even Ivanka or Jared against the wall, but for God sake, not an innocent cheeseburger!! As someone who grew up with some poverty, I cannot see the value of any of the aforementioned individuals nearly as well as I can see the value of a cheeseburger! In my youth, would have licked that sucker off of the wall!!!

      Now, I do respect Larry’s in-depth knowledge of former POTUS Lincoln. And the fact that he has turned his house into a mini Lincoln museum explains much of his optics. But, I disagree with his statements about Ms. Cheney. I do not think she was talking to pump herself up or to say that she is a modern day Mr. Lincoln. I think what she was talking about is that her political trajectory bears resemblance to the political trajectory of Lincoln (which is all known and verified). And that standing up for unabashed absolute truth and principle despite voter opinions as Mr. Lincoln did, should be the standard, and that such truth is not the standard of the GOP. Stirring up the masses using the big lie is right now the best way to hang on to GOP voter base, and several congressmen have privately admitted such while also admitting they do not believe the lie. I do agree with Larry that Ms. Cheney’s pursuit of the truth is helping Democrats some amount but I am unsure how much since most Democrats already knew it was a big lie. I think it does inform we independents who usually sit on the fence longer until the facts are in. But I do not think that election fraud is the biggest lie. I think repeal and replace is a lie that affected more Americans. I think the Trump tax breaks was also a huge lie that swindled money from many Americans and gave most of it to corporations whom after the tax breaks did not lower their prices a cent!!!

  2. Americafirst

    Just wait until Liz finds out that Kaleigh Mceneny and Donald Trump are descendants of Lincoln. She will shite her pants! I may have spelled Kaleigh’s last name wrong.

    • tom

      Actually if you go back far enough in history to the 1600’s you will find Trump’s family name was Drumpft, not Trump. They changed it. The timing of the change is not certain, but the change is documented. Drumpft in German means “drum”. Trump believes, as do many, that he has many situations in common with POTUS Lincoln, but DNA is not one of them! Lincolns great great grandfather Mordecai came from PA, the county of Berks. I know because I used to live there! But I am sure Larry with his 100 books and household mini museum will tell you the same thing.

      • h

        Drumpf (no T at the end) is a corruption of Trumpf which comes from Trommel which is a drum. (D’s and T’s are regularly confused in a lot of German dialects). But the name probably implies that someone back the line was a military drummer. Not as in a musical drummer, but more keeping a steady cadence to march by. “Beating the drums of war”, and apt description of Donald Trump.

        • Joe Gilbertson

          nhsolarguy is a shortened form of nuthead solitary goofus. It suits you well.

          • Frank stetson

            And another stoop to name calling. Get out of the gutter, step up on the curb with me.

            It’s obvious you have a difficult time arguing the merits of your position with facts.

            I, myself am gods gift to answers and finding the truth. Although, I do have to admit, the other day when I was talking to God asking why he made Joe such a dick, he sneezed, and I was suddenly at a loss for words

  3. MIke

    STOP spreading her lies and hate for America

  4. Mike

    Larry, I find it very interesting that you profess such an admiration for Lincoln, because as head of the newly formed Republican Party, he was one of the most progressive people in the Nation (he was so liberal that he drove the conservative south to declare war). I too think that Lincoln was a great President, but then I believe that the Nation should make changes where needed and focus on improving people’s lives, rather than being stuck in “that’s the way we’ve always done it” mode. Of course, how could we tell that Larry Horowitz wrote a post without selective editing-you seem to have forgotten that the guy who attacked the FBI office in Cincinnati also had an assault rifle. So they are still discussing that attack down in Boca-haven’t heard about it on the local or National news for several days where I live. The guy who showed up armed at Kavanaugh’s house? Recall he turned himself in before doing anything-there really wasn’t much to discuss…. And you love to bring up the southern biggots who formerly were Democrats-but you conveniently don’t seem to understand that Nixon made them feel welcome in the Republican Party, where they still reside…. No, Liz is no LIncoln, she is conservative and not liberal, so it is impossible to place her in his shoes. However, she is someone who understands how government is supposed to work, and is truly disappointed with all of you in the Republican Party who have aided and abetted the worst president ever to occupy the oval office….

    • larry Horist

      Mike… I see your anti-Semitisms is showing. It has been a long time since you changed my last name into an obvious Jewish last name as a pejorative insult — tied to you constant ad hominin attacks. Not sure what your local news is, but in the national news — CNN and MSN.– mention the fellow going after the FBI several times over the weekend. It is the one-sided example on the narrative of increasing political violence. But they never mention the guy who wanted to kill Kavanaugh. And no mention of the pro-abortion terrorists attacking pro-life facilities. And you version of the souths switch to the GOP is stick in Democrat propaganda. All you need do is look that the FACTS or life in the south for blacks under Democrat rule and under GOP. There is a lot more evidence of your misguided thinking, but it would take a 101 course in American history … and I am not sure a person with your prejudices and hateful demeanor is educable.

      • Mike

        Larry, My many Jewish friends laugh at you for calling me anti-semitic, but we understand that the real reason that you take offense to the name “Horowitz” is you don’t want your readers to think you are Jewish.. As I pointed out, there really wasn’t much of a story with the crazy guy who went to DC with weapons, he turned himself into the police-is that really a story? And no, I typically do not watch CNN, but I do read their website and haven’t seen much discussion of the guy who went to the FBI HQ in Cincinnati (with an assault rifle I might add)… However, if you think that the White Nationalists just disappeared off the face of the earth in the 60’s when Democrats started pushing for civil rights, you really were asleep during that time period and have no business writing blogs that others might read (Does the name Charlottesville ring any bells? Or don’t you think those White Nationalists were Republican?) Sorry Larry, you are wrong on all counts…..

        • larry Horist

          Mike … I shared you post with several Jewish friends and they said you are obviously anti-Semitic. Since you have made it clear that you do not agree with my politics — and you have repeatedly attacked me with ad hominin insults — and THEN you arbitrarily changed my name to an obvious Jewish name — there is no other explanation than you saw the change as another slur. I also recall in a previous post, you admitted to being anti-Israel. Have you a better explanation for your offensive statements? Your claim that I do not wish people to think I am Jewish is of our own making. I am not Jewish, but I am very fond of the Jewish culture. And you have been trolling me long enough to have ready my commentary on why I love Jews. And you are ignorant of reality. If you knew your history, you would know that the Republican’s Party was the prime mover behind the civil rights movement — Eisenhower’s 1956 and 1960 civil rights acts. And it was only because of overwhelming support in Congress by Republicans — and the opposition and filibusters by Democrats — that we got the 1964 Civil Right Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act — the latter of which was written and introduced into the Senate by Republican Senator Dirksen. And Since you are such a follower of current events, I am sure you know that Trump condemned the Nazis in Charlottesville as an exception to his statement that there were good folks on both sides. He was referring to those rightfully debating the future of the statues. Sorry … YOU are wrong on all counts … besides being an loathsome anti-Semite. Ignorance and hate are an ugly combination. But then again, hate is the bi-product of ignorance — and you are the personification of both.

  5. Burt

    Liz wouldn’t make a pimple on Lincoln’s ass