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“Party of Lincoln”, Please Take Heed

Posted by MEC on February 12, 2007

 If the Republicans are going to keep claiming to the “Party of Lincoln”, they really should rethink a few of their recent actions and positions. Judging by President Lincoln’s own words, he wouldn’t agree with a lot of what they’re doing these days.

Letter to William H. Herndon, 15 February 1848:

Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after having given him so much as you propose. If to-day he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, — “I see no probability of the British invading us”; but he will say to you, “Be silent: I see it, if you don’t.”

Letter to Henry L Pierce, 6 April 1859:

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.

First State of the Union Address, 3 December 1861:

Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

Letter to James Conkling, 26 August 1863:

I freely acknowledge myself the servant of the people, according to the bond of service — the United States Constitution; and that, as such, I am responsible to them.

Letter to Col. William F. Elkins, 21 November 1864:

Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.

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You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

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