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Those arguments that are made, that the inferior race are to be treated with as much allowance as they are capable of enjoying; that as much is to be done for them as their condition will allow. What are these arguments? They are the arguments that kings have made for enslaving the people in all ages of the world. You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden. That is their argument, and this argument of the Judge is the same old serpent that says you work and I eat, you toil and I will enjoy the fruits of it. Turn in whatever way you will, whether it come from the mouth of a King, an excuse for enslaving the people of this country, or from the mouth of men of one race as a reason for enslaving the men of another race, it is all the same old serpent, and I hold if that course of argumentation that is made for the purpose of convincing the public mind that we should not care about this, should be granted, it does not stop with the negro. I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle, and making exceptions to it, where will it stop? If one man says it does not mean a negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man? If that declaration is not the truth, let us get the Statute book, in which we find it, and tear it out! Who is so bold as to do it? If it is not true let us tear it out! Abraham Lincoln

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Those

arguments

that

are

made



that

the

inferior

race

are

to

be

treated

with

as

much

allowance

as

they

are

capable

of

enjoying



that

as

much

is

to

be

done

for

them

as

their

condition

will

allow



What

are

these

arguments



They

are

the

arguments

that

kings

have

made

for

enslaving

the

people

in

all

ages

of

the

world



You

will

find

that

all

the

arguments

in

favor

of

king

craft

were

of

this

class



they

always

bestrode

the

necks

of

the

people



not

that

they

wanted

to

do

it



but

because

the

people

were

better

off

for

being

ridden



That

is

their

argument



and

this

argument

of

the

Judge

is

the

same

old

serpent

that

says

you

work

and

I

eat



you

toil

and

I

will

enjoy

the

fruits

of

it



Turn

in

whatever

way

you

will



whether

it

come

from

the

mouth

of

a

King



an

excuse

for

enslaving

the

people

of

this

country



or

from

the

mouth

of

men

of

one

race

as

a

reason

for

enslaving

the

men

of

another

race



it

is

all

the

same

old

serpent



and

I

hold

if

that

course

of

argumentation

that

is

made

for

the

purpose

of

convincing

the

public

mind

that

we

should

not

care

about

this



should

be

granted



it

does

not

stop

with

the

negro



I

should

like

to

know

if



taking

this

old

Declaration

of

Independence



which

declares

that

all

men

are

equal

upon

principle



and

making

exceptions

to

it



where

will

it

stop



If

one

man

says

it

does

not

mean

a

negro



why

not

another

say

it

does

not

mean

some

other

man



If

that

declaration

is

not

the

truth



let

us

get

the

Statute

book



in

which

we

find

it



and

tear

it

out



Who

is

so

bold

as

to

do

it



If

it

is

not

true

let

us

tear

it

out



Abraham

Lincoln



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