Sunday, April 29, 2012

What would Lincoln say about the GOP today? He wouldn't recognize it.

Sure wish we had Abraham Lincoln in the Republican party today!  But, the truth is, if he were alive today, he would definitely be a Democrat!

EXCERPT: the Republicans unite behind Mitt Romney, Lincoln would caution against allowing the conservatives to upset the apple cart come convention time. Polls show the majority of Americans disagree with the Tea Party ideals, and Lincoln knew it is the majority to whom politicians are responsible.

Lincoln would also be appalled by all modern legislative assaults on human and civil rights. He would equate all recent attempts by various states ranging from denying civil rights for gays, to telling women what they could or could not do with their bodies, and repudiation of equal pay for equal work, as ill-disguised attempts to subjugate minorities and women.

Any form of subjugation was intolerable to Lincoln.

Prior to the Civil War, he warned Southern Democrats of their attitudes in promoting and maintaining slavery. 

“[They] deny his manhood; deny, or dwarf to insignificance, the wrong of his bondage; so far as possible, crush all sympathy for him, and cultivate and execute hatred and disgust against him and call the indefinite outspreading of his bondage ‘a sacred right of self-government,'" Lincoln said, according to Fehrenbacher. 

Further, Lincoln said of any black slave woman, it was “her natural right to eat the bread she earns with her own hands without asking leave of any one else, she is my equal, and the equal of all others." He would consider any limitation on civil rights, human rights, or legislation subjecting any citizen to “second-class” status just as loathsome today as it was then.

Finally, Lincoln would advise Republicans to start working with each other instead of engaging in endless bickering, as well as returning to the negotiating table with the Democrats.