Honest Abe

Elect Abraham Lincoln to the Illinois House of Representatives

Political Platform

As a Representative in the Illinois House, I will follow a program of economic modernization that promotes a market oriented economy in which skill and expertise predominate wealth and the ownership of property. In order to accomplish this goal we must provide universal education for our citizens and promote private colleges and institutions so that our citizens can take advantage of the new economy. We must provide a system of roads, railroads and canals that makes trade easier and faster for everyone. Illinois should be a "Free Soil" state. While slavery was founded on both injustice and bad policy, abolition would only make matters worse. Therefore slave ownership should be illegal in Illinois, but other states should not be forced to adopt our policy.

  • Economic Modernization
    • promote banking, industrialization and the urbanization of Illinois
    • improve navigation on the waters of Illinois to promote commerce
    • improve roads and railroads to make trade easier and faster for everyone
    • create market-oriented economy in which skill and expertise predominate
    • continued territorial expansion
  • Education
    • universal public education
    • support for private colleges and institutions
  • Protective Tariffs
    • encourage domestic manufacturing
    • higher protective tariffs help protect infant industries
    • allow American manufacturers to compete with foreign competitors
    • support the "American System"
    • pay for the building of infrastructure
  • Illinois should be a "Free Soil" state
    • Slavery was founded on both injustice and bad policy
    • The promotion of abolition tends increase rather than decrease the evils of slavery