Abraham Lincoln, February 27, 1860:
“Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events…
“Under all these circumstances, do you really feel yourselves justified to break up this Government unless such a court decision as yours is, shall be at once submitted to as a conclusive and final rule of political action? … you will destroy the Union; and then, you say, the great crime of having destroyed it will be upon us! That is cool. A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, ‘Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!’”
NB: On Lincoln’s use of the word “cool,” the Boston Globe reports that the 1852 edition of Webster’s dictionary defines it as “3. Not hasty; deliberate; as, a cool falsehood or deception. Hence, 4. Impudent in a high degree, as when speaking of some trick, pretension, &c., we say ‘that is cool.’ “
This sense of the word is dated back to 1723 by the Oxford English Dictionary, meaning ”deliberately audacious or impudent in making a proposal, demand, or assumption”
Global Warming’s Denier Elite, in the new issue of Rolling Stone. From ALEC to Vitter, it’s a list of the top people and groups working hard to undermine climate and energy policy reforms in the U.S.
This piece is part of a package on climate politics. Look for it in the issue with Michael J. Fox on the cover for the first time in 26 years.
At the 2:05 mark:
Today President Obama gives a major policy speech on climate change action. It’s at 13:35 ET and you can watch the livestream here, courtesy of Georgetown University.
Based on advance word dribbling out since forever, as well as talking points released to journalists and the public in the last couple days, Obama is circling around Congress to instead focus on what he can do directly by executive order. Storied environmental journo Andrew Revkin, of The New York Times, calls the plan “ambitious“; he draws our attention to yesterday’s slump in coal stock prices as evidence that certain sectors are taking the president seriously.
Here’s the full 21-page White House document:
Via bluesonlinePL on YouTube
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