“We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end.
It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood. . . . It has indeed been
a trying hour for the Republic; but 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. I feel at this moment more anxiety for
the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war.
God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless.”
"The above passage appears in a letter from Lincoln to (Col.) William F. Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864,
as found on p. 40 of The Lincoln Encyclopedia: The Spoken and Written Words of A. Lincoln
Arranged for Ready Reference, by Archer H. Shaw (NY, NY: Macmillan, 1950). page 954 of
Abraham Lincoln: A New Portrait, (Vol. 2) by Emanuel Hertz (New York: Horace Liveright Inc, 1931)."
Warning, warning, warning: The above quote and references are in doubt by many1 who feel Abraham Lincoln,
the leading railroad corporation lawyer of his time (who in his time as President transformed the U.S. government
into its modern concentration of Federal powers/ways/means) would never have said those anti-corporatism words.
That said, even if the above quotation is a manufactured prophesy from 1955 -- rather than a possible
smoking gun reason for 1864's super-rich (the one percent of Honest Abe's time) knocking him off, it is
interesting that it well describes what many of us today see as the losing of our democracy and republic.
But wait, there's more...
The above quote is surely not likely to be any anti-corporatism warning of Abraham Lincoln.
Why not? Because the credibility of Archer H. Shaw and his Lincoln Encyclopedia have surely
been destroyed. Thank God, we have exposes like those which put the lie to that Lincoln quote.
And another one, which seems to question even my campaign's use of the term "corporatism".
Yes, it's a good thing all of us who Google terms such as "corporatism" & "anti-corporatism"
can rely on think tanks like New America, funded by Google and Eric Schmidt and Bill Gates!
Especially when we come upon crazy claims like this: Coming soon, your enhanced credit score!
While my YALE4Congress.com compaign, admittedly, is still an uphill battle, maybe I am in it
not just for my family and their descendants down-stream -- God Willing -- but yours as well!