Mourdock under heavy scrutiny for use of Lincoln quote

Posted on July 30, 2012


Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock recent speech raised questions after he referenced an old Abraham Lincoln quote during a speech in Texas.

When Democrat Joe Donnelly heavily scrutinized Mourdock for his efforts and involvement in the Chrysler bankruptcy, Mourdock’s defense included a short reference to a Lincoln quote that includes a reference to slavery.

Mourdock told the political action committee that he fought the Chrysler bankruptcy to stop the bankruptcy court form taking the annuities of retired teachers and state troopers.

“You see,” Mourdock said, “my friends, it is once again that message coming from Washington, D.C., that even people like those pensioners I represent can work and sweat and toil and earn and save, so that someone else can be given their assets. It is the same tyrannical principle as in 1858 — but now it’s 2012.”

Indiana’s Democratic Chairman, Dan Parker, called Mourdock’s references to the Civil War era embarrassing and inexcusable. He also said Mourdock should apologize.



Abraham Lincolns Full Quote in his debate with Stephen Douglas:

“That is the real issue.  That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles—right and wrong—throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, ‘You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.’ No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.”—October 15, 1858 Debate at Alton

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