There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law. Excepting, of course, monsters. Should one expect us to legislate and deliberate away some unholy abomination, either cobbled together by a madman in defiance of God’s Will inside his storm-lit mountain keep, or having otherwise issued forth from the bowels of Hell?! No! The cleansing fire of a bloodthirsty, frothing-insane mob is the only answer! And to any man who would say otherwise, let him know we are coming with pitchfork, cudgel, and torch in hand to burn his homestead to cinders and beat his children to death in front of his very eyes!
—Abraham Lincoln, Address at the Young Men’s Lyceum, Springfield, Illinois [January 27, 1838] (via bartlettsfamiliarquotations)