Saturday, March 22, 2014

Lincoln’s Wit/Wisdom 151

During the 1858 senatorial debate with Stephen Douglas, Lincoln reached for a metaphor to describe the 'humbuggery' of popular sovereignty as a sort of anti-expansionist device. Thanks to Douglas's own inconsistent interpretations, 'had it not got down as thin as a homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death?'

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