Saturday, August 6, 2011

* Immigration Indignation: A. Lincoln, 1855

Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.' We now practically read it ' all men are created equal, except negroes.' When the Know-Nothings get control it will read 'all men are created equal . except negroes and foreigners, and catholics. '  When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty --- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of  hypocrisy.

Abraham Lincoln, 1855

Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, Fred Kaplan, 
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