"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. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." Abraham Lincoln's First Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861.
My, my how things have changed in the US. Can you so much as imagine a President saying any such thing today? In an *address to Congress*?
Here are some more quotes from Lincoln. Bush would not know how to spell, or probably the definition, of many of those noble words: http://tinyurl.com/39bt9h
Now add this quote, from earlier the same year, to the quote below about Labor vis-a-vis Capital:
"I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence." Abraham LincolnSource: February 22, 1861 - Address in Independence Hall
and while you're at it, consider this one:
"That I am not a member of any Christian Church, is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures; and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general, or any denomination of Christians in particular." Abraham LincolnSource: July 31, 1846 - Handbill Replying to Charges of Infidelity
The thinking of the greatest Presidents and statesmen of the United States, those people whose humanistic and enlightened vision it was that served as the wellspring and foundation of the desire for freedom from Britain, the Declaration of Independence and creation of the Nation and those who followed in their Spirit, before she was derailed, was far more in line with that of the Left Socialists than with the Capitalist and Rightists.
Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel