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Two Lincolns

January 12, 2011 by  

Here’s a bit of forgotten history. On Jan. 12, 1848 a freshman congressman from Illinois delivered his first major address to the House of Representatives. A clean-shaven Abraham Lincoln declared:

“Any people, anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, to shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better…

“This is a most valuable, a most sacred right, a right which we hope and believe will liberate the world.”

Thirteen years later, President Lincoln refused to permit this country to become “a house divided” and ordered Federal troops to invade the south, to prohibit the “most sacred right” of succession he had previously defended.

–Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • smilee

    Key word is “having the power” It was tried once and it failed, thanks to this man LINCOLN!

  • s c

    Thanks to a long list of paid, useful idiots going back to the late 18th century, America is in peril and needs another emancipator. It needs to be said that elected puppets who promise us the moon and stars couch their words and rarely hint that the price of this utopia is a set of chains for every man, woman and child who is not an insider.
    The basic message is ‘join us now, or else.’ This new “freedom” will require that the rest of America must endure slavery forever. As Orwell said, “Some are more equal than others.” And all it will take is for us to be quiet and bow to anything that passes for “leadership.”


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