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.