"America will never be destroyed from the outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
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Abraham Lincoln
(1809-1865) 16th US President
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True. It's happening now. Good people, do not sit idly by and do nothing. Turn the ship back to her moral compass.
 -- Nancy, Marion, OH     
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     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
    Welcome to King George and the Obamunist's Union of Socialist Amerika.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Yep, and that's a natural effect no one will be unaffected by.
     -- Anon     
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    The patient is very ill and requires a skilled surgeon.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    This could not be more true.
     -- Wendy P, Pensacola, FL     
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    Isn't this a modern condensation of "At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?-- Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!--All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. __ At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." __ -- Abraham Lincoln. Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois. January 27, 1838
     -- A.WOODS, Gloucester     
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    We should never forget that someone somewhere is trying to acquire power within our nation, and that it never ends. We must remember that our Consitution was written to protect us from the ambitions of the rich and powerful who use their influence to centralize more and more power into their hands. In America, the Federal Reserve is the cartel that has taken over the US government and is ever squeezing the life-blood of the People into their cups. For every dollar we are in debt, they are in the black. Lincoln had to fight the banks then, too, and it is the same today except the banks effectively took over with the Federal Reserve Act and FDR's raw deal. America will not disappear, it will just be living in a dream world. When we are ready to take the needle out of our arm, we can be free.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Cap and Trade passed. 219-212. Now all we can put hope in are the 10th Amendment movements. Yes we're rotting from the inside out.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    I'm glad to see a few people still understand but I fear it's not enough.
     -- Ken, Warren, MI     
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    I fear it is done.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    The statement is great, just like was/is the man it came from. And as long as the Constitution is not destroyed, we will not destroy ourselves.
     -- Elisabeth, Astoria, NY     
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    vote them out!
     -- gus, atlanta     
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    I think that President Lincoln was completely dead on with this quote. America was founded on the basic principles of liberty and justice. Principles so strong, they can only be destroyed from the inside out. Today, obama and the liberals are trying to do just that, slowly take away Americans' freedoms in exchange for power. Hopefully, our freedoms will not be taken away.
     -- Sarah, Germantown, WI     
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    Lincoln was incredibly prescient. I wish this site would run his quote reagarding instituting a permanent income tax. It was something to the effect - Here I paraphrase him - " We must never enact a permanent income tax because were we to do so it would engender swarms of accountants and regulators across the nation such as we today cannot imagine." 1863?
     -- Marcia, Hinsdale IL     
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    So very true. President Lincoln was so right. My heart goes out to our children and their children for they will not know what was lost.
     -- Donna, Atlanta     
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