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The Founders were virtuous men, by and large, as was Lincoln, but they understood that they had to get their hands dirty, which did no irreparable harm so long as the system, amenable and transformable and enduring in its principles (and their application), remained viable. [...] the Union and its defense: for saving the Union and for articulating so well what it stands for and why it must not perish, Lincoln is the only American leader not of the Founders' generation who is considered one of the Founders.
Lincoln at 200 Roger Kaplan The American Spectator; Mar 2009; 42, 2; Docstoc pg. 82 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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