Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) popularized the term “right to rise"in an 1848 speech in the Unites States House of Representatives. Lincoln, referring to the Texas revolution from Mexico, said:
“Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right — a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can may revolutionize and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.”
Congressman Paul Ryan gave a speech in October 2011 before the Heritage Foundation that ended, “Here in America – unlike most places on earth – all citizens have the right to rise.” Ryan did not quote Lincoln in the speech. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush wrote in The Wall Street Journal in December 2011 an opinion titled “Capitalism and the Right to Rise.” Bush credited Paul Ryan for the saying.
Jeb Bush opened a “Right to Rise PAC” in January 2015. Bush again credited Paul Ryan for “right to rise,” but gave no credit to Abraham Lincoln.
Wikiquote: Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln (12 February 1809 – 15 April 1865) was the 16th President of the United States and led the country during the American Civil War.
Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right — a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can may revolutionize and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.
. Speech in the United States House of Representatives (January 12, 1848)
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The streets are ours : “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable --a most sacred right-- a right, which, we hope and believe, is to liberate the world ... Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize, and make their own, of so much of the territory as they inhabit” : Jan. 12, 1848, speech in the U.S. House of Representatives, the war with Mexico
Author: Abraham Lincoln; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School.
Publisher: [Boston : Museum of Fine Arts School, 1970]
Edition/Format: Image : Graphic : No Linguistic Content
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The Right to Rise Up: People Power and the Virtues of Civic Disruption
Author: P Ackerman; J DuVall
Publisher: [Medford, MA : Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, c1989-
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: The Fletcher forum of world affairs. 30, no. 2, (2006): 33-42
Lincoln and the Economics of the American Dream
By G. S. Boritt
Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press
Identifying the right to rise as the central idea of the United States, Lincoln placed it above the Constitution and the Union. This is implicit in all of Lincoln’s thinking.
No matter that in a large sense this denies what Lincoln preached (” work, work, work is the main thing") and what he lived. The Lincoln mythos, with all its religious symbolism, is the living evidence for the common man that the American dream of the right to rise is true. It is a humane myth that gives solace and hope.
By Frederick Marshall Schultz
Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill Contemporary Learning Series
A child of the impoverished frontier who went on to take proud advantage of what historian Gabor Boritt has called “the right to rise” in America, Lincoln expected others to share his ambition for advancement. As he put it: “I am always for the man who wishes to work.”
U.S. House of Representatives
Saving the American Idea: Rejecting Fear, Envy and the Politics of Division
by Paul Ryan
The Heritage Foundation – Washington, D.C.
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery
Washington, Oct 26, 2011
President Reagan was absolutely right. Instead of policies that make it harder for Americans to rise, let’s lower the hurdles to upward mobility.
Here in America – unlike most places on earth – all citizens have the right to rise.
The Wall Street Journal
Capitalism and the Right to Rise
In freedom lies the risk of failure. But in statism lies the certainty of stagnation.
By JEB BUSH
December 19, 2011
Congressman Paul Ryan recently coined a smart phrase to describe the core concept of economic freedom: “The right to rise.”
Think about it. We talk about the right to free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to assembly. The right to rise doesn’t seem like something we should have to protect.
Today we’re launching the Right to Rise PAC!
9:21 AM - 6 Jan 2015
Jeb Bush’s New PAC Name Is Lifted From a Paul Ryan Slogan
Bush has long admired Ryan’s “Right to Rise” phrase.
BY SHANE GOLDMACHER
January 6, 2015 Jeb Bush has borrowed the slogan underpinning his new political action committee—the Right to Rise PAC—from Rep. Paul Ryan, one of his potential 2016 presidential rivals, who first used the phrase to describe GOP ideas of growth and opportunity back in 2011.
“Here in America—unlike most places on Earth—all citizens have the right to rise,” Ryan declared in his speech at the Heritage Foundation in late 2011.
Bush was enamored almost immediately. “Congressman Paul Ryan recently coined a smart phrase to describe the core concept of economic freedom: ‘The right to rise,’ “ Bush wrote in the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal a couple of months later.
The Christian Science Monitor
Jeb Bush launches ‘Right to Rise’ PAC. What does name mean? (+video)
Jeb Bush announced on his Facebook page that he’s filed paperwork to form a ‘leadership’ political action committee, Right to Rise. The name, harking back to the late Jack Kemp, may signal the type of campaign the former Florida governor plans to run.
By Peter Grier, Staff writer JANUARY 6, 2015
WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush really is going to run for president, isn’t he? That’s the implication of today’s Bushworld news: The former Florida governor announced on his Facebook page that he’s filed paperwork to form a “leadership” political action committee. That will give him a legal way to raise money and hire staff in advance of an official campaign declaration.
“Right to Rise” is the new PAC’s name. Mr. Bush is using the same title for a second entity, a super PAC that will be able to receive truly large donations that ostensibly aren’t supposed to be used for direct electioneering. There’s no word yet on how (or if) these two organizations will work together.
Bush himself has given us a road map here: He says it’s from Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin. It’s supposed to recognize the right of everybody to pursue economic freedom and happiness.
But its real roots might stretch back to the late Jack Kemp, the former pro football quarterback, congressman from New York, and 1996 GOP VP candidate. Bush has pointed to Kemp as a political role model for “right to rise,” as well.
23 PACs With Worse Names Than Jeb Bush’s ‘Right To Rise’ http://www.nationalmemo.com/23-pacs-worse-names-jeb-bushs-right-rise/ … via @nationalmemo
11:07 PM - 7 Jan 2015
Notice @JebBush ‘s new PAC, Right to Rise, symbol looks like Communist Worker’s Party flags http://ln.is/ow.ly/i/Y5abI
@gop @Reince #tcot
1:05 AM - 8 Jan 2015
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