Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lincoln on Equality and Liberty

Although Abraham Lincoln (of course) did not have a role in creating the U.S. Constitution, I think that the following quote from him is such an excellent and simple statement of the idea of equality as the foundation of the right to liberty that it needed to be posted, here:

"Well, I doubt not that the people of Nebraska are, and will continue to be as good as the average of people elsewhere. I do not say the contrary. What I do say is, that no man is good enough to govern another man, without that other's consent; I say this is the leading principle, the sheet-anchor of American Republicanism."

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