Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid

As a nation, we began by declaring that ”all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal, except negroes” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read “all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocricy.

—Abraham Lincoln (August 24, 1855: Letter to Joshua F. Speed)

  1. It's weird how exactly the present day mirrors that time.