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No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained. And hence, there are but two policies in regard to Slavery that can be at all maintained. The first, based on the property view that Slavery is right, conforms to that idea throughout, and demands that we shall do everything for it that we ought to do if it were right. We must sweep away all opposition, for opposition to the right is wrong; we must agree that Slavery is right, and we must adopt the idea that property has persuaded the owner to believe -- that Slavery is morally right and socially elevating. This gives a philosophical basis for a permanent policy of encouragement. The other policy is one that squares with the idea that Slavery is wrong, and it consists in doing everything that we ought to do if it is wrong. [...] I don't mean that we ought to attack it where it exists. To me it seems that if we were to form a government anew, in view of the actual presence of Slavery we should find it necessary to frame just such a government as our fathers did; giving to the slaveholder the entire control where the system was established, while we possessed the power to restrain it from going outside those limits. From the necessities of the case we should be compelled to form just such a government as our blessed fathers gave us; and, surely, if they have so made it, that adds another reason why we should let Slavery alone where it exists. Abraham Lincoln

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No

policy

that

does

not

rest

upon

some

philosophical

public

opinion

can

be

permanently

maintained



And

hence



there

are

but

two

policies

in

regard

to

Slavery

that

can

be

at

all

maintained



The

first



based

on

the

property

view

that

Slavery

is

right



conforms

to

that

idea

throughout



and

demands

that

we

shall

do

everything

for

it

that

we

ought

to

do

if

it

were

right



We

must

sweep

away

all

opposition



for

opposition

to

the

right

is

wrong



we

must

agree

that

Slavery

is

right



and

we

must

adopt

the

idea

that

property

has

persuaded

the

owner

to

believe







that

Slavery

is

morally

right

and

socially

elevating



This

gives

a

philosophical

basis

for

a

permanent

policy

of

encouragement



The

other

policy

is

one

that

squares

with

the

idea

that

Slavery

is

wrong



and

it

consists

in

doing

everything

that

we

ought

to

do

if

it

is

wrong















I

don

t

mean

that

we

ought

to

attack

it

where

it

exists



To

me

it

seems

that

if

we

were

to

form

a

government

anew



in

view

of

the

actual

presence

of

Slavery

we

should

find

it

necessary

to

frame

just

such

a

government

as

our

fathers

did



giving

to

the

slaveholder

the

entire

control

where

the

system

was

established



while

we

possessed

the

power

to

restrain

it

from

going

outside

those

limits



From

the

necessities

of

the

case

we

should

be

compelled

to

form

just

such

a

government

as

our

blessed

fathers

gave

us



and



surely



if

they

have

so

made

it



that

adds

another

reason

why

we

should

let

Slavery

alone

where

it

exists



Abraham

Lincoln



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