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Abraham Lincoln, The Higher Moral Ground for Decision Making



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Abraham Lincoln, The Higher Moral Ground for Decision Making
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Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg,
probably thinking about his War Decisions


Abraham Lincoln, 16th President

. . . The Higher Moral Ground
For Decision Making


The Higher Moral Ground:  What this means?

       A person in a Leadership Role, such as a Senator or President must make decisions based upon a higher good or intent.  Abraham Lincoln would use the BIBLE as well as his deep understanding of the intents of the Founding Fathers.  Some would think Abraham Lincoln had his "own opinions" and tried to put them on others, but his decisions would best be described as coming from the "High Moral Ground"

Here's more description of how decisions are made upon the "High Moral Ground":

1.  What were the decisions they made, and what assumptions underlay their
2.  Did either government, for example, want or expect war?
3.  What did each side expect would happen when it implemented its policy?
4.  Did their decisions have unintended consequences?
5.  Were their policies consistent over time, or did policies change as conditions altered?

Issues of policy and decision making, therefore, call not only for an investigation of actions taken, but also of the motives and intentions behind those actions.

We always hope that our President and other leaders will draw upon the "High Moral Ground" to guide our country


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