“Anti-war congressmen should be hung” and other things Abraham Lincoln didn’t say

August 26, 2006 by  

It seems that authoritarian side of the Republican party is trying to slowly soften up the nation to the concept that the U.S. Constitution is, in fact, a pain in the ass that, like the Bible, can and should be cherry-picked as needed.

There’s this recent brilliance by Clifford May heads the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based organization that can war-monger with the best of them.

“You do have to do certain things, I think, in order to win the war,” May said. “Our Constitution and the rights we have, those are not a suicide pact.”

Now, enter the fray comes Abraham Lincoln, as if he wasn’t busy enough being dead for 140 years.

In Pennsylvania recently, Dana Irey, the Republican candidate running against incumbent Democratic Rep. John Murtha - a vocal critic of the Iraq war — came up with this gem at a rally:

Our 16th President (Lincoln), and I quote: ‘Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged.’

Of course, Lincoln never said that.

According to FactCheck.org, the “quote,” and I quote, came from “conservative author J. Michael Waller,” who admitted that the words were his, not Lincoln’s, and in the spirit of “never take any blame,” blamed the misunderstanding on copy editors at Insight magazine, where it was published in an article he penned.

So, should the idea of using invented quotes by Abraham Lincoln be the GOP’s plan, here are a few other things Lincoln never said, that now can be used by them, due to the fact that they were written, and Lincoln’s name is near them.

Other things Lincoln didn’t say

“If your laws don’t allow torture, ship a potential enemy of the state somewhere that does.”


“Wow, my wife, nuts, eh? What are you going to do?”

“The best thing a friend can do for a friend is help him make money. And Presidents have lots of friends.”


“Making up facts to back up a pre-emptive war against a sovereign nation is super-fantastic.”

“Beyonce? Seriously, I’d tap that.”


“The Louisiana Purchase was such a waste of time and money. Screw the French. I say if that area gets hit with a natural disaster, we let the bastards drown.”

“Only by taking a big crap on the Constitution will we be able to live as free Americans.”



11 Responses to ““Anti-war congressmen should be hung” and other things Abraham Lincoln didn’t say”

  1. chancuff on August 26th, 2006 1:13 pm

    I can’t say enough good things about what Brooks Jackson did with my original TRUTH FROM AN HONEST MAN pamphlet I loaned him.

    Cliff Hancuff
    The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

  2. chancuff on August 27th, 2006 6:13 am

    Here’s some background.


    Cliff Hancuff
    The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

  3. William K. Wolfrum » Blog Archive » Things Abraham Lincoln did say on August 27th, 2006 10:09 am

    [...] From a studious reader and commentator of Glenn Greenwald’s blog, some words our 16th President really did write: “Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after having given him so much as you propose. If to-day he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him,-’I see no probability of the British invading us’; but he will say to you, ‘Be silent: I see it, if you don’t.’” [...]

  4. chancuff on August 27th, 2006 12:22 pm

    If any of you know some group who would delight in having hats or t-shirts made for the Sept 30th and October 1st rallies in Johnstown that read:

    “Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale or undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged.”
    -Swiftboat Vets

    …I wouldn’t argue with ‘em. They’re the one’s who brought it to life.

    Cliff Hancuff
    The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

  5. chancuff on September 9th, 2006 10:51 pm



    (Click all the links, or you’ll get/be lost.)

    Cliff Hancuff
    The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

  6. chancuff on September 12th, 2006 2:30 pm

    “Swift Boat Veterans for Themselves” ignored a couple issues CRITICAL to our troops at war during the run-up to the 2004 election.

    First, they sat silent knowing full well that Bush NEVER USED the number of troops he incessantly claims his generals asked for. Turkey would not allow the 40,000 troops of the 4th to pass through and participate in Bush’s invasion of Iraq.

    Bush waged war KNOWING our troops were 40,000 short.

    Second, these same Lookatme! Showboaters sat silent when this very same troop shortage resulted in America’s greatest tragedy of the war in Iraq.

    EVERYONE who’s ever gone through basic training knows that when you find your enemies weapons, you keep them secure.

    Hundreds of tons of high explosives that our troops had captured at Al Qaqaa were abandoned specifically due to troops shortages, CREATED by Bush’s incompetence in war.

    These explosive stolen from Al Qaqaa are the weapons that have been used to blow our troops into too many parts to count each and every day of this war.

    When some pasty butt wimp, like Larry Bailey of bootmurtha.com, decides to pass his “gimme’ some money” collection plate to support his concept of patriotism for a circus tent performance at The Cambria County War Memorial on October 1st of this year …

    Some would say there’s nothing more patriotic than putting a moron who’s never given a hoot about our troops at war (or he would have spoke up about those 40k troops left behind and Al Qaqaa IN 2004) in his proper place …he’s a coward.

    To make matters even MORE entertaining, Larry Bailey actually thinks having John O’Neill, the original Lookatme! Show Boater, as his surprise guest speaker is a feather in his cap.

    You may not like the stand John Murtha has been making, but for anyone who supports our troops at war, there’s no way to respond to these idiot Swiftboaters’ Reunion in Murtha’s home town of Johnstown, Pa, than a chorus of Bronx raspberries.

    I hope this clarifies.

    Cliff Hancuff
    The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too
    Things are JUST NOT GOING WELL for the folks at the “Diana Irey for Congress” camp.

    Diana Irey Press Release UPDATE!

    (read first 4 posts, the rest if you fancy to)


    (click all links found in post, or you will get/be lost)


  7. chancuff on September 13th, 2006 1:24 am


    (read first 4 posts, the rest if you fancy to)


    (click all links found in post, or you will get/be lost)


  8. chancuff on September 29th, 2006 1:29 pm


    CONTACT: Cliff Hancuff
    September 29, 2006 [email protected]

    “American troops could be home now, except for critical mistakes by our current Commander in Chief,” charges Cliff Hancuff, Director of The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too.

    “Media and right-wing bloggers are ignoring this fact. For weeks I have been challenging political activists and journalists to act with a minimum of ethical standards,” continued Hancuff.

    “I became involved when the Sun-Sentinel in Florida reported that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) said the U.S. poses the top threat to world peace. I watched in dismay as the media and bloggers worldwide reported on this misquote.”

    “My involvement continued when I discovered Diana Irey, John Murtha’s political opponent, had attacked Murtha using a fictional quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln.”

    “Larry Bailey of bootmurtha.com is continuing his three year blind support of our current Commander in Chief’s incompetence in war. President Bush declared war in Iraq without the 4th Infantry, our most lethal, modern, and deployable heavy division in the world,” added Hancuff.

    This mistake lead to the atrocity of Al Qaqaa. Iraqi insurgents stole hundreds of tons of high explosives to be used as weaponry.

    “These are the explosives being used by Iraqi insurgents and al Qaeda to perpetuate the war in Iraq.”

    “I am distressed that the same issues ignored by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004 are being ignored again in 2006,” said Hancuff adding, “Americans, American soldiers and their families deserve better.”

    “Without these critical mistakes made by our current Commander in Chief, our American troops would be home with their loved ones, with honor, right now.”

    On October 1, 2006 Hancuff be at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena located in Johnstown Pennsylvania for Larry Bailey’s Swiftboating of John Murtha rally. It is there Hancuff will continue his wait for Mr. Bailey to recall the values of honor and integrity taught him by our US Navy.

    There is a youtube.com video online at:

    YouTube - Rovian Architecture Unplugged


    The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too


  9. - Liberal Values - Defending Liberty and Enlightened Thought on February 14th, 2007 12:14 pm

    [...] This quote has become a favorite weapon for those who want to criminalize criticism of the Leader and the War. Jack Murtha’s opponent in the last election, Diana Irey, cited this quote while discussing Murtha’s opposition to the war. But this quote is completely invented. Lincoln never said it. This “quote” was first attributed to Lincoln by J. Michael Waller in Insight Magazine, in a 2003 article revealingly entitled: Democrats Usher in an Age of Treason. But as Waller himself now admits, the quote attributed to Lincoln is completely fraudulent. Waller wrote in an e-mail to FactCheck.org (h/t William Wolfrum): The supposed quote in question is not a quote at all, and I never intended it to be construed as one. It was my lead sentence in the article that a copy editor mistakenly turned into a quote by incorrectly inserting quotation marks. [...]

  10. rich (your cousin) on February 5th, 2009 5:25 pm


    I really like your writing. Reminds me of Mark Rusell and Bill maher.

    Hope you and Emelia have a good Mardi Gras.


  11. Neoconservatives hate liberty as much as they love war on August 17th, 2010 10:44 am

    [...] attributed to Lincoln is completely fraudulent. Waller wrote in an e-mail to FactCheck.org (h/t William Wolfrum): The supposed quote in question is not a quote at all, and I never intended it to be construed as [...]

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