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Lincoln on liberty

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

The word freedom has different meanings for different people. There is one concept always espoused by Ed Konecnik. Here is a quote on it from Abe Lincoln:

1) “We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some to do as they please with other men and the products of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name — liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names — liberty and tyranny.”

And a quote by Lincoln on labor:

2) “Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital and deserves much the higher consideration.”

I believe the above quotes should give people food for thought and may broaden their perspectives on things before they make up their minds.

Dr. Joe Brooks, Whitestone
The writer is a retired physician.

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