Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object.
Tag: Abraham Lincoln
(1809–1865) 16th president of the United States
Preserving respect and esteem
If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time.
The people are the rightful masters
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
Encouraged by inequality
That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.
Our only threat comes from within
Some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.
The people are masters
The people are the masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who would pervert it!
The Constitution protects minorities
If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution.
If you see something, say something
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.
Power tests character
Nearly all men can withstand adversity; if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.