Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Rule or ruin - Lincoln on obstructionism

The first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, at Cooper Union in 1860, in response to the demands of southern Democrats: 

"Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events."
h/t James Fallows 

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