Saturday, August 21, 2010

Abraham Lincoln Reloaded: The House Divided Speech, Updated for 2010

Abraham Lincoln's House Divided speech (thanks to Greerwyn), updated for the 21st century

"A house divided against itself cannot stand."

I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half socialist and half free.
I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided.

It will become all one thing or all the other.

Either the opponents of socialism will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new -- North as well as South, East as well as West.

Have we no tendency to the latter condition?

See also: Honest Abe's Cooper Union Speech Described the Way Members of the Republican Party Were Demonized

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