A Student of History

February 16, 2007

And speaking of Lincoln…

Filed under: The past that is still with us — John Maass @ 10:22 am

If you are going to quote somebody, it helps to get the quote right!  This, from the Washington Post:

During floor debate on the Iraq war yesterday, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) quoted Abraham Lincoln as advocating the hanging of lawmakers who undermine military morale during wartime.

“Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged,” Young declared.

The problem is that Linciln never said it!  The article explains the rest here.  By the way–Congressman Young seems to have an tiny Abe beard thing going on, doesn’t he?

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) quoted a contemporary scholar, not Abraham Lincoln. 

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