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Liberty and tyranny

Can you name the guy who penned the following?

The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name, liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names -- liberty and tyranny.

It's none other than our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.

His words are timeless.

H/T to Wizbang's very own Kim Priestap at her place.


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Get with the program. Mark ... (Below threshold)
Richard Mahood:

Get with the program. Mark Levin's book "Liberty and Tyrany" cites this wisdom prominently. Mark has spoken about this many times over the last year on his radio program.

I'd be interested to see wh... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

I'd be interested to see what point you think you're making with this quote, Rick. Especially since this quote is from an 1864 speech about the Civil War, and is about slavery, not economic policy.

If you are trying to make a point about Lincoln's economic policies (and compare them with the current administration), then of course you should consider the fact that Lincoln promoted the expansion of government control through the creation of national banks, government spending (infrastructure, etc), income taxes, and high tariffs.

Lincoln's quote doesn't have a thing to do with what Priesthap is talking about--government intervention in the economy at the behest of the president. If she has a problem with Obama, then she should at least read history and learn a little more about Lincoln's econ policies before pretending that his words support her position.

Maybe Kim should read a little more than pocket-sized books full of quotes if she wants to actually make a solid argument. It sounds great to drop quotes from famous people, but context, as usual, matters.




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