What Would Abe Do?
Wed February 13, 2008 12:51 am

Nine minutes are left in Abraham Lincoln's birthday. I wonder what the Republican party's greatest president would have to say if he were around today to see the conservatives in his party -- I'm sure he would regard them as radicals, a word in vogue in his day -- try to destroy the GOP's nominee for president. Lincoln believed in diversity of thought. His inner circle was comprised of a group of men who were antagonistic toward each other, but whose reciprocal tensions produced greatness and wisdom with Lincoln as their leader. Lincoln was a big-tent president. He even wanted the Confederates back in the tent. Modern-day Republicans would do well to remember his injunction: "A house divided against itself cannot stand." The rubble awaits.

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