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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Abe Lincoln: "Our Progress In Degeneracy Appears To Me To Be Pretty Rapid"



When Lincoln was accused of being two-faced, he replied:
"If I had another face, do you think I'd wear this one?"

"Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it, "all men are created equal except negroes." When the Know-nothings get control, it will read, "all men are created equal except negroes and foreigners and Catholics." When it comes to this, I shall 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." ABRAHAM LINCOLN, letter to Joshua F. Speed, Aug. 24, 1855


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