Abraham Lincoln Didn’t Know It, But He Debunked “Woke Gender” Stuff Back in the 1800s 

Abraham Lincoln Didn’t Know It, But He Debunked “Woke Gender” Stuff Back in the 1800s 

There’s a lot of talk right now about the danger and stupidity of the liberals “woke” movement, after a man won the women’s swimming national championship because he’s pretending to be female.

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It’s all so ludicrous, but it’s also dangerous; as it strips away women from “women’s sports.”

Look at this photo – a behemoth of a man standing in first place, and these small, forgotten women are in second and third.

Disgraceful. 

We’re literally erasing women…

So, when Thomas Sowell tweeted out an old line that Abraham Lincoln used on a crowd back in the 1800s, it really made a lot of sense in regards to what we’re dealing with today.

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And when you think about it, Honest Abe actually debunked this “gender woke” crap over 100 years ago.

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Here’s what Thomas Sowell said: “Abraham Lincoln once asked an audience how many legs a dog has if you count the tail as a leg. When they answered “five,” Lincoln told them that the answer was four. The fact that you called the tail a leg did not make it a leg.”

Now, many people wonder if that’s an actual line that Lincoln used. Tim Panagos Blog reported on the quote:

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It’s a delightful story I’ve heard dozens of times, and retold a few times myself: Abraham Lincoln faced with some thorny issue that could be settled by a twist of language, or a slight abuse of power, asks his questioner how many legs would a dog have, if we called the dog’s tail, a leg. “Five,” the questioner responds confident in his mathematical ability to do simple addition.

“No,” Lincoln says. “Calling a dog’s tail a leg, doesn’t make it a leg.”

But there is always the doubt: Is the story accurate? Is this just another of the dozens of quotes that are misattributed to Lincoln in order to lend credence to them?

I have a source for the quote: Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln by distinguished men of his time / collected and edited by Allen Thorndike Rice (1853-1889). New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1909. I found this story on page 242. Remarkably, the book is still available in an edition from the University of Michigan Press. More convenient for us, the University of Michigan has the entire text on-line, in the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, an on-line source whose whole text is searchable.

However, Lincoln does not tell the story about a dog — he uses a calf.

So, it is true, but it involved a calf, not a dog.

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Well, it certainly is a quote that works perfectly for life in 2022.

Also, makes you wonder what crazy stuff liberals were pushing back in the 1800s to have Lincoln talking about calves with 5 legs to a crowd, right?

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