Repeating history

Repeating history
(Illustration by Mark Summers for the United States Postal Service commemorating the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, 2009.)

Lincoln, known as “The Railsplitter,” was no stranger to hard work as described by biographer John Locke Scripps in 1860:

“Abraham was young [eight years old] to engage in such labor, but he was large of his age, stalwart, and willing to work. An ax was at once placed in his hands, and from that time until he attained his twenty-third year, when not employed in labor on the farm, he was almost constantly wielding that most useful implement.”
Here is an interesting quote from over one hundred and fifty years ago concerning the entitlement mentality that is so prevalent today:

“Inasmuch as most good things are produced by labor, it follows that all such things ought to belong to those whose labor has produced them. But it has happened in all ages of the world that some have labored, and others, without labor, have enjoyed a large portion of the fruits. This is wrong, and should not continue. To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor as nearly as possible is a worthy object of any good government.”

— ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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