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Lincoln has been credited as being a person that fought for equality between races when he himself believed that African Americans were inferior the image people give him is unreal propaganda by the Radical Republicans in the reconstruction era Many people have ideas that do not hold up when put to the test or even their own reasoning Henry David Thoreaus ideas and ideals do not hold up when compared to reality Thoreau believed that if a man did less work the better it would be for the man and his community He set out to accomplish this task and accomplished not working but failed to prove his point He died at age forty-five younger then most people in his time and although he did benefit his community doing little labor only shortened his life and proved no better for the community Not only does reality disprove Thoreaus theology but his own words contradict him He proclaimed the government that governs least is the best Civil Disobedience pg 222 paragraph 1 and then says that We have had to agree on a certain set of rules to make this frequent meeting tolerable Solitude pg 95 paragraph 3 His contradiction is evident what is government but on how the people conduct their meetings lacking the laws of the government the society would collapse He also criticizes the government for not being virtuous Ponds pg 119 last paragraph The American government is controlled by the people if he wants a government that is virtuous he should either get elected or try to get the non-virtuous people out of office Further politicians who made their name elsewhere have said things to the effect of either you already have a name for yourself or somewhere along the line you sell your soul essentially saying that virtue and politics dont work together Thoreau further shows how he cannot support his own ideas when he says that he spent two years
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