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04/18/2005 Archived Entry: "Lincoln and fascism"
A correspondent writes, Just noticed something rather ironic. The arms of the throne Lincoln's figure sits on at the Lincoln Memorial are "fasces" --- the axes surrounded by a bundle of rods that were the symbol of Roman Authority, from which the word fascist is derived. How ironically fitting that the first Republican President, and the President who did more than any other except FDR to solidify "Omnipotent" Federal Authority, should be literally seated on the symbol of fascism.