To the Editor:

Here are some quotes revealing President Lincoln’s views on labor:

“Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed....” From his 1861 State of the Union address.

“I am glad to know that there is a system of labor where the laborer can strike if he wants to! I would to God that such a system prevailed all over the world.” From a speech on March 5, 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut, regarding a shoemaker’s strike.

“To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly as possible, is a worthy object of any good government.” From his notes about tariff policy, written on Dec. 1, 1847.

Why are the Democrats carrying the torch for workers’ rights? Because the Republicans dropped it long ago.

— Barb Mitchell

809 Newbury St.

To read the entire letter, see the March 10, 2011 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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