Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.
Today is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Most Americans have a warm spot in their heart for Lincoln. I know I do. For me, he epitomizes the American dream: that anyone can succeed in this country, even a man from very humble roots. I admire him for his honesty, gentle spirit, and courage. He was a godly man.
I remember reading a biography about Lincoln to my son when he was young. I'll never forget that Abraham's father moved the family west too late in the fall and spent their first winter in nothing more than a lean-to! Abraham knew what it was like to be cold and hungry.
Lincoln did not have much formal education, but his stepmother encouraged him to read and love learning. He in essence was the ultimate homeschooler--learning on his own.
I always thought it was a 3 party race in 1860, with the Democrat Stephen Douglas against the Whig party candidate and the newly spun-off Republican party's candidate, Abraham Lincoln. But in looking it up, I found it was a 4 way race: Democrat Stephen Douglas, Southern Democrat John Breckinridge, new Constitutional Union Party John Bell and Republican Abraham Lincoln. Wiki noted that Lincoln wasn't even on the ballot in many southern states!
One of my favorite Lincoln quotes is:
I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side.
I wish I could say that our nation is on the Lord's side, but I fear we are slipping away fast. Maybe the pendulum will swing in the other direction once again. But swing back or not, I am grateful for Abraham Lincoln. He gave it all for our nation when our country needed him most.
Oh, for an Honest Abe today.