A Tail of Abraham Lincoln

Abe Lincoln reportedly said, “How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”

Someone today might ask, “Why do you hate dogs, Mr. President? Don’t you want them to be happy?”

I can imagine Abe honestly replying, “I do not hate them (while I personally prefer felines*, I also like canines) but declaring their tails a leg won’t help them run any faster. And if some poor creature attempts to run on it, it just won’t work. He’ll hurt himself and he won’t be happier. God’s creatures, in order to be happy, must walk in proper ways.”

(*– When asked if her husband had a hobby, Mary Todd Lincoln replied, “Cats.” )

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