Thursday, February 15, 2007

Another thing about Lincoln and dissent against war

Amid all the hubub about Republicans using a fabricated Lincoln quote to disparage dissenters against the war in Iraq (covered in several posts below), The Rascal is ashamed at having forgotten that Old Abe himself made a famous antiwar speech while serving in Congress.

The pseudo-patriots of that time used Lincoln's speech against him, effectively driving him from Congress. But the incident demonstrates to us today that Lincoln not only was not opposed to congressional dissent against war, as has been falsely suggested by certain Republicans, but actually engaged in it.

Here's an excellent overview of the matter.

1 comment:

rusty shakelford said...

This may come as a surprise to you but everyone opposes war. No one likes to risk their life. To Oppose any war at any cost is just stupid.

You have your work cut out for you if you intend to show Lincoln was a "peacenik"