"I have never had a feeling, politically, that did not spring from ...
the Declaration of Independence ... that all should have an equal
chance. This is the sentiment embodied in the Declaration of
Independence ... I would rather be assassinated on this spot
than surrender it."
Abraham Lincoln
(1809-1865) 16th US President
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Well the first emperor of the American Empire got his wish.
 -- Jonathan Liem, Singapore     
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    We would do better as a nation if we had our current elected officials as supportive of our Founding Documents as Abraham Lincoln was.
     -- KS., Queensbury,NY.     
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    What a hypocrite
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
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    Hero's, are ordinary people doing unordinary things to better their fellow man. Before we crucify each founding father on the tree of social awareness, consider your position if each and everything you said was, quoted and posted, for the world to view and critique.
     -- R.A. McMillan, Knoxville     
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    Note to R.A. McMillan: Lincoln was NOT a founding father. If anything, the victory over the South was the end of the de jure (lawful) Constitutional government. From that point forward the Constitution has been mute and without a constituancy. From a common law stand point, the US has been a de facto democracy ever since in which all the people have become subservient to their government -- instead of the other way around. A tough lesson for those of us who went to public schools in the US and have been brought up to admire Lincoln as a hero. But we Americans just eat up hypocrisy like Cheerios. How politically incorrect the truth is.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Luqman, Lagos Nigeria      
    Hmm, whether Lincoln's total intentions were sincere or not the outcome is the final word. What would our continent look like today had the union of states been divided without Lincoln's intervention? Another famous thinker makes a good point, "democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
     -- R. Hubbs, Knoxville     
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    I have a hard time finding when Lincoln ever did go by the constitution.
     -- cal, Lewisville, Texas     
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    Not shooting the messenger, and whether or not he was telling the whole truth here - I fully concur with; all are equal before natural law and that is the way it should be. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land unevenly applies its/their demonic despotism by canons of chaos - though, the mass-rabble does play their pridefully ignorant slave role well.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Read " The Real Lincoln" and get the goods on this slick politician.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    4 stars for the quote and zero stars for Lincoln.
     -- jim k, Austin     
    " It will be the solem duty of the State Governments to protect their own authority over their own militia, and to interpose between their citizens and arbitrary power. These are the among the objects for which the State Governments exist; and their highest obligations bind them to the preservation of their own rights and the Liberties of their own people."
    Daniel Webster, Dec 9, 1814.
    " When ever the national compact is violated, and the citizens of this State are oppressed by cruel and unauthorized laws, this legislature is bound to interpose its power, and rest from the oppressor its victim."
    Massachusetts General Court, Approved, Saying.
    With that being said, Socialism's continued encroachment on Individual and State sovereignty resulting in the inevitable outcome of conflict, the war of northern aggression against the Southern States as with others involved in the conflict.
    Wisconsin Supreme Court , 1859 Statement, " Resolved, That the government formed by the Constitution of the United States was Not the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; But that, as in all others cases of compact among parties having no common judge, Each party has an equal right to judge for itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress. Resolved, That the principle and construction contended for by the party which now rules in the councils of the nation, That the general government is the exclusive judge of the extent of the powers delegated to it, Stop nothing short of Despotism, since the discretion of those who administer the government, and not the Constitution, would be the measure of their powers; That the Several States which formed that instrument, being Sovereign and Independent, Have the -Unquestionable Right-
    To judge of its infractions; And that a Positive Defiance of those Sovereignties, of All unauthorized acts done or attempted to be done under color of that instrument, is The Rightful Remedy."
    " When All government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless checks provided of one government on another, and Will become venal ansd oppressive, as the government from which we Separated." Elections and separations of power would not suffice if the government could judge its own case regarding constitutionality." The right of the States to nullify, interpose unconstitutional laws and the unconstitutional acts of Congress.
    Thomas Jefferson
    Now to Drain the Swamp of all socialist within the ranks of party, which is currently in control of power. 24 in the GOP who find themselves to be in a state of treason. A hanging offence if knowingly committed. Or, perhaps they are that ignorant ? Doubtful !!
     -- Ronw13, 0regon     
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    As a student in Washington DC, I admired Lincoln immensely -- and all the founding fathers. The Lincoln Memorial is the biggest and faces the Washington Monument and the Capitol. It looks like a giant temple -- just like the ancient temples to Zeus and no less imposing. Lincoln freed the slaves and was assassinated for it -- everyone knows that.

    My family moved to South Carolina, and I got a different view of the 'War Between The States.' Surprised was I to learn history from the Southern perspective, with plenty of their own monuments and forts. The War of Northern Aggression and the carpet-baggers put a new light on Lincoln.

    Many years later while studying currencies, I learned of Lincoln's issuance of the Greenbacks and the banking families of Europe trying to break up the USA. Lincoln was indeed fighting for the Union, on several fronts.

    If anything, Lincoln reminds me of the seat of power that the President occupies -- there is nothing like it in the world other than the thrones of empires still with their eye on America, it's people, and its land.

    What we weren't taught was that Lincoln lost, and America lost with it, into the hands of the European bankers, now the world's central bankers, to which all are beholden.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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