Misquoting Lincoln to support Bush

Carpus at Aspirations of a Post Doc fisks a quote making the rounds that has Abraham Lincoln claiming dissent is close to treason.  Go read his post.  Turns out the quote was manufactured, partly in error, in 2003.  Carpus points to the FactCheck.org report for a source. 

Lincoln never said it.  Lincoln did little to stifle dissent.

In fact, Lincoln’s management style as president was based on bringing people with dissenting views into his cabinet.  Doris Kearns Goodwin’s latest book, Team of Rivals, strongly suggests that forging good policies from great dissent was a particular genius of Lincoln.

George W. could learn a lot from Abe, Carpus concludes — with astounding understatement.

2 Responses to Misquoting Lincoln to support Bush

  1. tlc says:

    Here is a new incarnation of the same misquote:


    This article may also be misquoting Andrew Jackson, according to some recent news stories I’ve read.


  2. chancuff says:


    I can’t say enough good things about what Brooks Jackson did with my original TRUTH FROM AN HONEST MAN pamphlet I loaned him.

    My great, great, grandfather, who I am named in honor of, made the supreme sacrifice for our country in Lincoln’s Union Army serving Stonewall Jackson his only defeat in the Civil War.

    Diana Irey has “cut&run” from her use of this Lincoln quote. Write her “handler” Bill Pascoe at bill@irey.com and ask him. He’s the one who arranged this “cut&run”

    Cliff Hancuff
    The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too


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