Legislature steps toward naming Idaho Capitol auditorium for Abraham Lincoln

Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, and former Lt. Gov. and Attorney General David Leroy, propose naming the nearly 400-seat auditorium for Lincoln to mark the 150th anniversary of Idaho Territory.

Lincoln's signature established the territory in 1863.

"This is an occasion for celebration," Bateman told the House State Affairs Committee Thursday. "We need to talk about this event and not just let it slide by."

Leroy, an amateur Lincoln scholar and nationally known collector of Lincoln memorabilia, said the former president's ties to Idaho are stronger than that of Illinois, Kentucky or Indiana. Leroy cites his creation of the territory and his friendship with territorial representatives William Wallace and Fred DuBois. Had Lincoln lived, Leroy said he believes he would have visited the state on his way to California on the transcontinental railroad he helped build.

Lincoln invited Wallace to Ford's Theater on April 14, 1865, the night he was assassinated. Wallace declined because his wife was ill. "He regretted it all his life, wondering if he'd only been there might he have save the president," Bateman said.

The committee complimented Bateman for his 15-minute talk, far longer than most measures get upon introduction. Bateman recited poetry, retold Lincoln jokes and urged the lawmakers to study the martyred leader.

Rep. Holli Woodings, D-Boise, is a freshman lawmaker whose Capitol cubicle is near Bateman's. Bateman displays a Lincoln life mask, bust and the last portrait taken before his death. "I have never met someone more dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln than Rep. Bateman," she said, urging introduction of the measure.

Bateman said a plaque would be affixed outside the "Abraham Lincoln Auditorium." "We have the opportunity right here to inspire future unborn generations," Bateman said.

The committee not only voted to introduce the measure, but to send it to the full House for debate without the customary public hearing.


I guess this is another example, along with requiring cursive writing in schools, why the leg doesn't have time for public hearings.

I"m starting to think Bateman just likes to hear himself speak

One rarely hears such a long-winded speech for a simple print hearing. This guy is full of himself. They probably sent it to the floor so they didn't have to listen to a longer speech.

Again, I have to ask...Is this another legislative priority for Rep. Bateman?

Dazzling With Bull Sheite!

Coming from East Idaho Bateman has a lifetime of long winded speaches both in listening to and providing himself. Talking in circles to the point that the listener is exausted gives chums like Bateman the sense that he has proven his intellectual prowess for having put an audience to sleep. Dazzling with bull sheite, dig a verbal hole, fill it, dig another, fill it. If he was at the kitchen table selling something you would buy just to get him the gone out of your house.

Don't swear, you cuss.


People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Well, as long as the Rs are taking care of business.

And such IMPORTANT business, too.

Law Makers

It seems a right of passage or a badge of honor to see how many laws they can put through. Most campaign on a platform of less government but then it's a race to see how much legislation they can introduce. Like it's a competition to see who can push through the most. They spend so much time on useless items. They leave the important stuff to the very end in the hopes that the public is tired of watching them and they can sneak stuff through and leave town.

Abraham Lincoln...

no doubt was a great man but it seems Idaho has it's own great people that could be so honored. And not a politician. How about Gutzon Borglum, Vardis Fisher, Chief Joseph, Harmon Killebrew, Chief Timothy, Chief Lawyer, Ezra Pound, Henry Spalding, Francois Payette?
There are many who are more relevant to Idaho.

You are absolutely right.

You are absolutely right.

Payette is a TOWN and a COUNTY...

Lincoln played a huge part in the formation of Idaho and he was a Great Communicator.

What did they teach you in school, how to trade options?

Borglum already has Mt. Rushmore to immortalize him. Harmon Killebrew is a great person but has little to do with communication vs. BASEBALL...he will probably get some memorial elsewhere and alread has a field in Payette.

The rest will find their plaves and are you just griping because of the Emancipation Proclamation amd Civil War?


FESS UP. You aren't hiding very well.


People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Thank goodness!

I was so worried the legislature would leave this year without naming the auditorium that we have been using for years. That plaque will make such a difference.

Lincoln raped our Constitution

Lincoln raped the U.S. Constitution.
He deserves not such a recognition.

Now you know why Barrack Hussein O. idolizes him so much and quotes him so often

Read some truth for a change:

Shame on the Committee for denying the public an opportunity to provide truthful testimony on what this man did to ruin the Constitution less than 90 years after the Founders established this country.


Abe should have been more careful of the company he keeps......this is certainly a new level of ...gees, I'm not sure what it is, but you can't blame this one on the socialists.

Come back when you grow up girl...

you're still living in a paper doll world...


People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

When Barack Obama portrays

When Barack Obama portrays himself as a modern day Lincoln there is more truth to this kinship than meets the eye. At the founding of our nation were two schools of thought. Alexander Hamilton and Henry Clay promoted a system modelled after that of Great Britain, all the way down to the pattern of a consolidated unitary state and the British mercantilist system of patronage and privilege. Renamed the "American System" Hamilton favoured a central government, a central bank issuing fiat money, high tariffs, federal support for "internal improvements", a spoils system that picked winners and losers by the central government in the building of roads, bridges, canals and later railroads. The policies of Hamilton, Clay and eventually Lincoln tended to the centralization of government, and were adverse to the doctrine of limited, constitutional government favoured by Washington, Jefferson, Madison and later Andrew Jackson. The Hamilton, Clay and Lincoln model facilitated the aggrandizement of power, prestige and wealth around those who doled out the favours to special interests.

Keep in mind that in ratifying the Constitution three states, Maine, New York, and Virginia were guaranteed the right of peaceful secession if the new "experiment" did not eventually meet their satisfaction. The concept of secession was wholly understood by the then population, not just of the South but Northerners as well.

Leading up to the Civil war was the imposition of tariffs. The country was divided then between the manufacturing North and the agrarian South. Most tariffs imposed affected primarily the South. 90% of the Federal government funding came from tariffs on goods utilized by the South, and 90% of the spending was used to fund projects in the North. Hence the determination of the Southern states to end the financial pillage imposed on them by the North.

Lest one thinks that the war was a war to end slavery, which issue only surfaced after the war was in progress, the North was on the verge of losing, and Lincoln needed to keep foreign powers from interceding on behalf of the South and thus the abatement of slavery was introduced as the North's righteous cause. It is interesting that every other country at the time that also had a history of slavery, France, England, Spain and Brazil to name a few, ended slavery in their respective countries without firing a shot?

Lincoln’s war was essentially a war to preserve the financing of his central government. In that he was willing to kill upwards of 700,000 Americans. He was the first President to wage war on civilians. In the South entire towns were burned to the ground under his command. Livestock, land, equipment, buildings and every means that individuals had to survive were destroyed. Old men, women and children were murdered. Plunder by Union soldiers was rampant. In the end, Lincoln’s war of finance was also the "First Usurpation" of the Constitution.

So now we have esoteric legislators who seemingly have no historical reference as to who Lincoln was, and what he did to the Constitution, the President who fought to preserve the centralization of Federal government and the accompanying spoils system, in short, the First Usurper. We should now name an auditorium in the States Capitol building for this man, and in all places Idaho? I would go one step further. Since there is no discernible difference between the policies of Lincoln and Barack Obama, and Obama compares himself to a modern day Lincoln, a comparison that is actually very realistic, let's name it not to exalt just the past but the future as well. The Lincoln-Obama Idaho Auditorium of Glory! There, that should do it, past, present and future all wrapped up in one. We could even say Progressive ….No?

Presidential mangling, systematically, my doll.



People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.