Abraham Lincoln speaks up regarding cancelling elections

[Received this through Dave Farber’s Interesting People mailing list. Thought it topically relevant. -Thomas]

From: Joseph Holder

Date: July 14, 2004 3:29:16 AM EDT

Subject: Abraham Lincoln speaks up regarding cancelling elections

Recently, the Bush appointed head of the EAC, Soaries, requested

guidance from Homeland Security regarding the possiblity of cancelling

the upcoming November election in case of a “terror” attack somewhere in

the United States somewhere around that time. It seems that this type of

“crisis” has presented its self before.

In 1864, when Washington, DC, was within five miles of Confederate

General Jubal Early’s attacking troops

(http://www.nps.gov/rocr/ftcircle/defense.htm), President Abraham

Lincoln, a Republican, did not even dream of cancelling, or even

postponing, the 1864 elections.

Here’s a bit of what Ol’ Abe had to say on the subject, taken from

http://www.nps.gov/liho/writer/1864.htm:

“We can not have free government without elections; and if the rebellion

could force us to forego, or postpone a national election it might

fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us.”

Thomas Leavitt