Lincoln and the Welfare State

The left will scream bloody murder if we say that Lincoln objected to the welfare state. But philosophically, there can be no doubt of the fact. He would not only stand against it, he would fight it. Why? Because his piercing gray eyes would instantly recognize it as another form of slavery, one more insidious than the variety he fought, but slavery nevertheless. Among Lincoln's chief arguments against slavery were the following: Natural rights, as spelled out in the Declaration of Independence, meant that all people had a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of skin color. No person (or party) had a right to treat another person as property. In his speech in Peoria in 1859 he argued: "Equal justice to the south, it is said, requires us to consent to the extending of slavery to new countries. That is to say, inasmuch as you do not object to my taking my hog to Nebraska, therefore I must not object to you taking your slave. Now, I admit this is perfectly...(Read Full Article)

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