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Re-Litigating the Woodhull/Douglass Ticket

By on 7.18.11 | 9:43AM

Tim Cavanaugh notes an interesting example of our President's much-vaunted pragmatism, as retroactively applied to the Emancipation Proclamation:

Obama applauds Lincoln for trading away the moral goal (ending state-sponsored slavery) in the pursuit of strictly procedural goals (maintaining the geographical integrity of the nation-state; winning a war) that have no moral weight.

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