On February 27, 1860, Abraham Lincoln, before he became the Republican nominee for the presidency at the GOP convention scheduled for May, spoke in New York at the Cooper Institute.

He addressed the policy of the Democratic Party. He said, “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.”

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Ask yourself, how many of the foreigners Trump is trying to negotiate with are holding out hoping that Trump will be weakened by all the opposition of the Democrats and, yes, even some Republicans, so that they might be able to get a better deal?

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