Saturday, February 12, 2005

 

Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln!

Scott Johnson at Powerline has posted a wonderful extract from one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. It's a must read for Lincoln admirers and friends of democracy everywhere. In the speech Lincoln speaks of immigrants, and how the genius of America's founders ensures their ability to receive the inheritance of freedom:

"...but when they look through that old Declaration of Independence they find that those old men say that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal," and then they feel that that moral sentiment taught in that day evidences their relation to those men, that it is the father of all moral principle in them, and that they have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that Declaration, [loud and long continued applause] and so they are. That is the electric cord in that Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together, that will link those patriotic hearts as long as the love of freedom exists in the minds of men throughout the world. [Applause.]"



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