Surprising policy difference between Obama and Lincoln

Check out the remarkable thing President Obama said Tuesday about Puerto Rico. In his speech, he stated (regarding the island's future as a state or as an independent country),  "When the people of Puerto Rico make a clear decision, my administration will stand by you." That might sound reasonable at first, but imagine Lincoln saying, "On the matter of whether to stay in the Union or leave, when the people of South Carolina make a clear decision, my administration will stand by you." Uh, no... Lincoln would never have said that. In fact we fought a war because Lincoln wasn't so big on local governments determining their status on their own.

Don't misunderstand—I'm not saying Obama is right or wrong. Heck, I'm not even saying Lincoln was right or wrong. My only point is that these guys are diametrically opposed on the notion of self-determination.

5 comments:

  1. Big difference - Puerto Rico is not part of the union. It may be in the (near) future, but it isn't yet

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  2. I don't think there were any Puertoricans at that speech that were considering seceding from the US (PR can't...its an unincorporated territory of the US...basically property of the US). The ones who want to be an indpendent nation (all 35 of them) were outside demonstrating...

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  3. I say your conclusion is as confused as saying someone who says no to apples is diametrically opposed to someone who says yes to oranges.

    They are not.

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  4. I like your blog/book, but this post is absurd. As tkrausse stated there is a big difference between the future status of a territory and half of the former country leaving the union - and to even try to make a comparison is pretty weak.

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  5. I have too agree with the other comments. This post is absurd. The precident to look to is Cuba in 1902 or The Philippines in 1946, not South Carolina in 1861.

    If Gov. Rick Perry and a bunch of his followers from the Tea Party tried to secede from the Union, I have a feeling that Obama would take the same view of it that Lincoln did when Texas seceded in 1861.

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