In April of 1965, less than two weeks before he was gunned down by an assassin’s bullet, President Abraham Lincoln dreamed of his own assassination. Lincoln told this dream to his wife and to several friends including his long time companion Ward Hill Lamon (1911) who was Lincoln’s personal friend and former law partner. According to Lincoln:
An astonishing new Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) report circulating in the Kremlin today (reading as if it was written in 1860 instead of 2017) reveals that America’s Republican Party President Donald Trump has engaged in full assault upon his nation’s Democratic Party “slave masters” that echoes what that countries first Republican Party President Abraham Lincoln did in the mid 19th Century—where Lincoln, just like Trump today, had to battle these Democratic Party monsters to free the United States from the cruel yoke of slavery, but at the cost of a Civil War that left over 1 million dead.
“Television determines the agenda…the methods that I am talking about create a world view, something that’s called a “reality”…a reality is created for us….and if we see this reality the way it is brought to us by television, then we act in accordance with this reality. Chaos is the key word…all of it is done to create a stable association in our minds…it is an old mythologem — Chaos as a protoplasm from which the gods will then create the world…and it absolutely does not matter how much the real picture corresponds with the media picture. An overwhelming majority of television viewers have never been and will never travel there. And they make their judgment based on the television picture and not on what happens in reality”.
If he knows his own heart, the writer can truly declare, with his hand upon it, that it bears neither hatred, malice, nor uncharitableness, to those who, misled by the cunning secrecy of the Conspirators, and without an inkling or even a suspicion of their fell purposes, went manfully into the field, with a courage
worthy of a better cause, and for four years of bloody conflict, believing that their cause was just, fought the armies of the Union, in a mad effort to destroy the best government yet devised by man upon this planet.
The President, like old King Saul, when his term was about to expire, was in a quandary concerning a further lease of the Presidential office. He consulted again the "prophetess" of Georgetown, immortalized by his patronage. She retired to an inner chamber, and, after raising and consulting more than a dozen of distinguished spirits from Hades, she returned to the reception-parlor, where the chief magistrate awaited her, and declared that General Grant would capture Richmond, and that "Honest Old Abe" would be next President. She, however, as the report goes, told him to beware of [Treasury Secretary] Chase.
“It has long been a grave question whether any government not too strong for the liberties of its people can be strong enough to maintain its existence in great emergencies. On this point, the present rebellion brought our republic to a severe test, and the Presidential election, occurring in regular course during the rebellion, added not a little to the strain…. The strife of the election is but human nature practically applied to the facts
in the case. What has occurred in this case must ever occur in similar cases. Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged…”
Abraham Lincoln was watching this play when he was assassinated.
(Act III, halfway through Scene 2.)
“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new, North as well as South.”