Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Lincoln on the teabaggers

The first Republican president's challenge to those who would question the legitimacy of a democratically elected government:
I consider the central idea pervading this struggle is the necessity that is upon us, of proving that popular government is not an absurdity. We must settle this question now, whether in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government whenever they choose. If we fail it will go far to prove the incapability of the people to govern themselves.
Abraham Lincoln, May 1861

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