The Assault on Accurate Historical Quotes

By June 11, 2007General

In his new book, “The Assault On Reason,” Al Gore quotes Abraham Lincoln thusly:

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.

There has long been a cottage industry in concocting phony quotes and attributing them to Honest Abe. We can thank Andrew Ferguson in The Washington Post (here) for pulling the rug out from under this one. Lincoln’s own son Robert Todd Lincoln repudiated it. Somehow it is not surprising that Al Gore was taken in by it. He gets taken in by so many things.

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  • Mark says:

    “Somehow it is not surprising that Al Gore was taken in by it.”

    Somehow it is ironic that the National Association of Manufacturers endorses the indirect repudiation of the idea that there exists in this country a “money power”. Somehow…

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