Abraham Lincoln tells a ripping yarn

Whenever people remark that all these newfangled, L337, chat-culture multiple exclamation marks are just! not!! to!!! be!!!! used!!!!! in polite writing, I say "if it was good enough for Abraham Lincoln, it's good enough for me":
Appropos [sic] of this, let me tell you an anecdote. Douglas introduced the Nebraska bill in January. In February afterwards, there was a call session of the Illinois Legislature. Of the one hundred members composing the two branches of that body, about seventy were democrats. These latter held a caucus, in which the Nebraska bill was talked of, if not formally discussed. It was thereby discovered that just three, and no more, were in favor of the measure. In a day of two Dougla's [sic] orders came on to have resolutions passed approving the bill; and they were passed by large majorities!!!
He went on to say: "Like, ZOMG, no0bz!1! ;-))) They r teh LAM0!!1!"


Blogger suttonhoo said...

i <3 abe so much.

even though he was a goddamn republican.

December 24, 2007 5:23 am  
Blogger mrtn said...

But back then, the democrats were the republicans and vice versa.

December 24, 2007 9:29 am  
Blogger mrtn said...

Isn't that totally trippy?

December 24, 2007 10:11 am  
Blogger Kapitalismus said...

Somthing wrong with the GOP... :)

I wish you a merry christmas Martin , an along, wisdom which is said to come from Abe (it is doubtful that the quote is autentic, but the message is nevertheless true)

"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further brotherhood by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves"

December 24, 2007 5:06 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

As it turns out, it isn't authentic.

And actually, as it turns out, you can do all those things, except point no. 6, 8, 9 and 10. In fact, weakening the strong by redistributing power and resources to those more in need is the very simplest and very best way to strengthen the weak.

Merry Christmas, Løkke!

December 25, 2007 11:22 am  

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