These communities, by their representatives in old Independence Hall, said to the whole world of men: “We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This was their majestic interpretation of the economy of the Universe. This was their lofty, and wise, and noble understanding of the justice of the Creator to His creatures. [Applause.] Yes, gentlemen, to all His creatures, to the whole great family of man. In their enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the Divine image and likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on, and degraded, and imbruted by its fellows. They grasped not only the whole race of man then living, but they reached forward and seized upon the farthest posterity. They erected a beacon to guide their children and their children’s children, and the countless myriads who should inhabit the earth in other ages. Wise statesmen as they were, they knew the tendency of prosperity to breed tyrants, and so they established these great self-evident truths, that when in the distant future some man, some faction, some interest, should set up the doctrine that none but rich men, or none but white men, were entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their posterity might look up again to the Declaration of Independence and take courage to renew the battle which their fathers began—so that truth, and justice, and mercy, and all the humane and Christian virtues might not be extinguished.
Abraham Lincoln, August 17, 1858
News that I missed courtesy of The Babylon Bee:
LLINOIS—Multiple sources confirmed Tuesday that all the signs welcoming visitors to the state of Illinois have been updated to read “Land Where You Can Decapitate An Infant With Impunity.”
The signs used to display the traditional state slogan, “Land of Lincoln.” But since the state is now on the cusp of allowing abortions all the way up until and through the moment of birth, including the barbaric practice of infant decapitation, state officials said the new slogan is much more fitting.
“Lincoln probably wouldn’t have been cool with something like this, just like most of humanity except the most pagan of societies in the history of mankind,” said Governor J. B. Pritzker. “So we’re taking his name off our signs and adding the bit about decapitating infants, which is much more in line with our modern values.”
“To all those desperate mothers who live in backward states that don’t allow this practice, we want to send a message and say your murderous instincts are welcome here.”
Go here to read the rest. This is what happens when the party of the Jackass has complete control of a State. Illinois may be bankrupt, with people fleeing the State, but our Solons are on the job to ensure that the most innocent among us may be butchered with impunity.