I was glad to hear Sen. John Kerry quote Abraham Lincoln as he accepted the Democratic nomination, but he did not read Lincoln far enough. Lincoln famously said, "I don't believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good." He continued, "When one starts poor, as most do in the race of life, free society is such that he knows he can better his condition; he knows there is no fixed condition of labor for his whole life." This is what Lincoln called the True American System. The rhetoric reverberating from the halls of the FleetCenter, however, was far less optimistic, far less edifying and certainly not consistent with the dynamic American system envisioned by Lincoln.