Carpus at Aspirations of a Post Doc fisks a quote making the rounds that has Abraham Lincoln claiming dissent is close to treason. Go read his post. Turns out the quote was manufactured, partly in error, in 2003. Carpus points to the FactCheck.org report for a source.
Lincoln never said it. Lincoln did little to stifle dissent.
In fact, Lincoln’s management style as president was based on bringing people with dissenting views into his cabinet. Doris Kearns Goodwin’s latest book, Team of Rivals, strongly suggests that forging good policies from great dissent was a particular genius of Lincoln.
George W. could learn a lot from Abe, Carpus concludes — with astounding understatement.