Sunday, June 10, 2007

What Al WISHES Abe Said

What Al WISHES Abe Said
By Andrew Ferguson

You can't really blame Al Gore for not using footnotes in his new book, "The Assault on Reason." It's a sprawling, untidy blast of indignation, and annotating it with footnotes would be like trying to slip rubber bands around a puddle of quicksilver. Still, I'd love to know where he found the scary quote from Abraham Lincoln that he uses on page 88.

In a chapter entitled "The Politics of Wealth," Gore argues that the ancient threat to democracy posed by rich people run amok has finally been realized under the man who beat him in the 2000 presidential race. Even Lincoln, Gore says, saw the age of Bush coming in 1864: "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."

The quote is a favorite of liberal bloggers, which is probably how Gore came across it. And as a description of how many on the left see the country seven years into their Bush nightmare, it's pretty much perfect.

Too perfect, in fact. If you're familiar with Lincoln's distinctive way of expressing himself, you'll hear the false notes the passage strikes.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gore didn't use FOOTNOTES?
No, he used ENDNOTES... and here's the citation he couldn't find (yes, it's in Gore's book): Abraham Lincoln, "Letter to Col. William F. Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864," The Lincoln Encyclopedia, ed. Archer H. Shaw (New York: MacMillan, 1950), p. 40.

11:38 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Leave the insults and snideness out, or I will leave your posts out.

As far as what you claim, take it up with the author of the piece... what he says rings truer than what you say.

11:39 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

The esteemed researchers at Rice University say it is made up circa 1880's:

- President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 (letter to Col. William F. Elkins)
note: this quote was apparently fabricated in the 1880's!

Dan Wallach, CS Department, Rice University

11:39 PM  
Anonymous bobcat said...

Sorry, Anonymous, all the junk I can find on it too says it's bogus.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, gee, your scholar must be right then. I mean the published and thoroughly vetted scholar just can't be right.
Sorry, but your scholar is wrong.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what insults? What snideness? Please point that out in the original post. Of course if an insult is to challenge that up truly is up, I am guilty as charged.

7:27 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I removed them, ANON. as I said I would.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous bobcat said...

Anonymous, saying someone is wrong - esp. anon. - is not the same as PROVING they are wrong. You haven't done that, Anonymous.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everytime i put up links the censor deletes them. Doesnt want her children to have their beautiful minds disturbed with those nasty old facts.

6:29 AM  

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