Monday, February 20, 2017

President's Day




CONSTITUTION:

“Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.” August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan

“Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.” July 10, 1858 Speech at Chicago

“I have borne a laborious, and, in some respects to myself, a painful part in the contest. Through all, I have neither assailed, nor wrestled with any part of the constitution.” October 30, 1858 Speech at Springfield

“The people -- the people -- are the rightful masters of both congresses, and courts -- not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.” September 16 and 17, 1959 Notes for Speeches at Columbus and Cincinnati

“I am exceedingly anxious that this Union, the Constitution, and the liberties of the people shall be perpetuated in accordance with the original idea for which that struggle was made, and I shall be most happy indeed if I shall be an humble instrument in the hands of the Almighty, and of this, his almost chosen people, for perpetuating the object of that great struggle.” February 21, 1861 Speech to the New Jersey Senate


DESPOTISM:

“When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.” August 24, 1855 Letter to Joshua Speed

“That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles -- right and wrong -- throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings.” October 15, 1858 Debate at Alton, Illinois


For more selected quotations by Abraham Lincoln, click here.


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