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02 October 2013 @ 01:10 pm
Lincoln on Government Obstruction By Defeated Parties  
We have just carried an election on principles fairly stated to the people. Now we are told in advance, the government shall be broken up, unless we surrender to those we have beaten, before we take the offices. In this they are either attempting to play upon us, or they are in dead earnest. Either way, if we surrender, it is the end of us, and of the government. They will repeat the experiment upon us ad libitum.

-Abraham Lincoln, "Letter to James Hale" - January 11, 1861

See also:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/01/the-nine-most-painful-consequences-of-a-government-shutdown/

Article about the excerpt with more text of the letter here: http://www.whatyousay.com/when-compromise-is-wrong-a-letter-from-lincoln/