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Lincoln Said it First

January 11, 2013

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Quoted from Lincoln’s notes.  See page 2 of his collected speeches in Kansas and Ohio.

“We must not disturb slavery in the states where it exists, because the Constitution, and the peace of the country both forbid us — We must not withhold an efficient fugitive slave law, because the constitution demands it —

But we must, by a national policy, prevent the spread of slavery into new territories, or free states, because the constitution does not forbid us, and the general welfare does demand such prevention — We must prevent the revival of the African slave trade, because the constitution does not forbid us, and the general welfare does require the prevention — We must prevent these things being done, by either congresses or courts — 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 —”

There.  I feel better now.

~_~_

Rob

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  1. January 11, 2013 12:46 pm

    I also admire Lincoln greatly. But I think if the constitution was meant to be written in stone, it would have been written in stone. Lincoln as president exercised executive authority to effectively change the constitution. I mean after all, that’s what amendments do best right? They amend.

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