A US Republican was caught out tweeting bogus historical quotes to his historically ignorant followers which made his batshit crazy politics seem as if they had been invented by Abraham Lincoln.
State Senator Al Melvin attributed three quotes posted on his Twitter page to President Abraham Lincoln:
According to Melvin Abe: “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong” and “You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down and finally “‘You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.”
So according to Melvin, Abraham Lincoln defended his policy of taking large sums of money from the poor and giving them to the rich and allowing rich people to avoid paying taxes.
What is interesting is that Melvin used Twitter to spread an image that a historical figure might have agreed with him, when, in all likelihood, Abe Lincoln would have poked him with a stick until he went away.
The tweets references income inequality and were directed at President Barack Obama.
To be fair, as TechEye always is, Melvin did not make up the quotes. They were the words of William J.H. Boetcker, a German motivational minister who was the “Law of Attraction” person of his day. He penned a piece called the “Ten Cannots” which included the first quote.
Melvin did what any Republican would do when faced with spreading historical lies about a national hero. He pleaded ignorance of history. He told the Arizona Capitol Times he found the statements in a “Republican club newsletter” and that it was an “honest mistake”.
“It sounded like something he (Lincoln) would say,” Melvin said. It is partly true. Lincoln did say he didn’t believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else. Or something like that.
A quick Google on the quote shows that Melvin is not the only person on the right who thinks that Boetcker’s quote came from a Republican hero.
My favourite internet quote from Lincoln is “people will believe anything if it is attributed to a famous dead person and posted on the Internet”