Many years ago, Lord Charnwood observed that no political theory stands out from Lincoln's words or actions and if he reflected much on forms of government, it was with a dominant interest in something beyond them. Gary L. He writes that Lincoln's idea of a return to first principles was more Christian than classical and "was based on the conviction that republican regeneration could only occur through the rites of blood sacrifice, a theology of suffering, death, atonement, and redemption," ibid.
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The American View The American political culture that Tocqueville described in the s has changed over the years, but in many ways, it has remained remarkably the same, even after the continent was settled coast to coast.
Kendall argued that Lincoln, pursuing equality in the way Jaffa described, derailed the political tradition from the path of community control under legislative sovereignty and turned it in the direction of modern egalitarianism. One of the hallmarks of British political culture is the existence of a monarchy, despite the fact that today's King or Queen has little power or authority over the government.
He shows, for example, how Lincoln's preliminary proclamation shifted attention to the expected measure of January 1,away from the extraordinary pronouncement of the radical measure.
We find instead that actions and events are explained with reference to social, economic, cultural, or ideological forces beyond the rational comprehension and control of individual actors.