All men are created equal, except…

Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to his friend Joshua Speed from 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 pretence of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy [sic].

Replace “negroes” with “the poor” and “Catholics” with “Muslims” and you arrive at the views of the current Republican party. Living paycheck to paycheck? Hate to say it, but we’re going to be raising your sales tax to lower taxes on the wealthy. Come to the United States to get an education at a top university? You’ve got four years, then we’re going to need you to get the f– out within 60 days. Oh, you’d like to have a place of worship in our town? That’s fine, but be sure to have plenty of paint on hand because there’s going to be some graffiti spray painted on the side of it within months. 

How the party of Lincoln has fallen.

 

Share Button