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Allowing the Humblest Man an Equal Chance

One must conclude that Barack Obama and other Democratic politicians have overlooked this passage in their studies of Abraham Lincoln.

From a Speech at New Haven, Connecticut, by Abraham Lincoln, March 6, 1860, two days short of a year before his inauguration as president of the United States (emphasis added):

What is the true condition of the laborer? I take it that it is best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I don't believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else. When one starts poor, as most do in the race of life, free society is such that he knows he can better his condition; he knows that there is no fixed condition of labor, for his whole life.

And so much for those who say that Lincoln would be a Democrat were he alive today.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Mon. 03/30/09 06:05:56 PM
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