Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Enslaving Minorities


In a letter published in The Oneonta Daily Star, Edward Dawyot claimed: “Remember, Lincoln and Republicans freed the slaves, but Democrats have worked to enslave minorities by buying votes through entitlements.”
In 1858, Lincoln said: “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races.”
The Emancipation Proclamation applied only to slaves in states in rebellion against the Union "shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”
Lincoln didn’t see the Civil War as a struggle to free the nation’s 4 million slaves.  He recognized that emancipation would undermine the Confederacy while providing the Union with a new source of manpower to crush the rebellion.  The Emancipation Proclamation was a military measure, it didn’t apply to border slave states like Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri, all of which had remained loyal to the Union.  It only applied to places where the federal government had no control in Southern states fighting against the Union.  The Civil War did eventually  result in the 13th Amendment, that abolished slavery.
As JFK’s vice president, LBJ pushed for the introduction of the civil rights legislation, and predicted that the Democratic Party would lose the South.
It’s true that the KKK and the Old South was solidly Democratic for many years following the Civil War.  The Civil War was prosecuted by President Lincoln, and Southerners couldn’t bring themselves to vote for the party that defeated the South.
By signing the Civil Rights Act, President Lyndon Johnson knew that the Democratic Party would lose the South, but signed the legislation anyway.  Led by Senator Strom Thurmond, of South Carolina, the south turned solidly Republican.
Today, the Republican party of Lincoln has become the party that welcomes racist.

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