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 as
his higher moral ground guide. Some would think Abraham
Lincoln used his "own opinions" to make policy, and put them
on others, but his decisions would best be described as
coming from the "High Moral Ground."
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also known as an intrastate war, is a war between organized
groups within the same state or country. The aim of one side
may be to take control of the country or a region, to
achieve independence for a region or to change government
description of how Civil War presidential decisions were
made based upon a "High Moral Ground":
1. What decisions with policies, were made, and what
"assumptions" underlay them?
2. Did either government (Union or Confederate) want or
3. What did each government expect would happen
implementing its' policies?
4. Did their implementation decisions have unintended
5. Were the policies consistent over time, or did the
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.
The moral high ground:
a position in which one has a moral advantage over others.
The Confederacy lost/ceded from the moral high ground when
they entered war to protect their economic interests.
President Lincoln believed he had the moral high
ground on this issue.
Lincoln and His Public Relations Considerations
William E. Miller,
Lincoln’s Virtues: An Ethical Biography
(New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002)
Despite his veneration for the law in a democracy, Lincoln
was also very conscious of the importance of public opinion
in making public policy. “Lincoln believed the will of the
people could be identified through constitutionally
prescribed forms of representation, and expressed in
legislative deliberation and decision,” wrote historian
Herman Belz. “The will of the people as communicated in
public opinion imposed moral and constitutional obligation
on government officials.” Belz added that “Lincoln viewed
public opinion” as embodying “universal, objective, rational
principles and ideas.”
But he noted that Lincoln understood the limits of public
opinion – particularly on questions like slavery where
public opinion was claimed by both sides.
It seems that President Lincoln was running a war over
states rights, and slavery, but had to wait until the right
time to bring the latter to an end. He was not an avid
abolitionist, but hated slavery. The Emancipation
Proclamation and later 13th Amendment would be the final
results. H.T., this website publisher.
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