Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend Abraham?
Republicans are scumbags. They love to ride on Abraham Lincoln’s coattails by saying, “We’re the party of Lincoln,” but the Republican party back then was nothing like the Republican party is now. It was more like the Democratic party back then. The whole era centered around equality and unity which are very liberal concepts. Every time they invoke his name Abe’s stove top hat blows its stack in Didn’t Die in Vain Heaven.
Abraham Lincoln died thinking the Civil War was over. He knew nothing about the big mess that was to come.
The Civil War never really ended. The South is still really pissed. Sure, 4 million slaves were freed but what were they supposed to do? They didn’t own anything. They didn’t have any money. They still lived on their masters’ land. They were illiterate and completely powerless. Where were they going to go? If they didn’t risk it all by heading north, they had no choice but to stay put to work the same land as sharecroppers where they were still indebted to their masters because now they had to pay to work for him which still left them without any money, property, or power.
The KKK and Jim Crow were the unofficial law of the land post emancipation. They made sure that former slaves and their descendants always knew their place. They had complete control until the time came when they were forced to give it up by law. The Democrats were the bad guys back then. After the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act passed in the mid-sixties, the KKK lost potency and the parties switched. The racists all left the Democratic Party and joined the Republican Party. The Democrats have been the good guys ever since. The Republicans became the bad guys. They get worse with every passing decade. Nixon was a racist. Reagan started the whole “welfare queen” myth. As the nation became more progressive with the Civil Rights Movement, the women’s equal rights movement, and the hippies pushing back on Vietnam, conservatives had to do something to hold on to power and grow in numbers so they latched on to the evangelicals and politicized Christianity starting with Jerry Falwell’s “Moral Majority” and televangelism, the founding fathers of right wing media which gave rise to the culture wars we’re still fighting today. They did it to keep their voters worked up all the time — abortion, Christianity, homosexuality, and racism. This movement has gotten so out of control and ridiculous that Trump was not only elected, but he was heralded by evangelicals as being sent by God and therefore omnipotent, Jesus has morphed into a gun toting fascist who hates everybody but white evangelicals, and Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene have become the face of the Republican party.
The Civil War has not only not ended, but the Republicans have turned it into a cartoon.
Back to Abe. He is remembered for being our greatest president because he ended slavery and saved the country. He did more than that. Unlike the Republicans of today, he was psychologically mature. His ego was never a problem. He knew how to work with his enemies and was able to get people to work together. He was able to achieve harmony because he didn’t take criticism personally. He used his powerful intellect for the common good and could see the big picture into the future. With that foresight he understood that if the South won the Civil War that that would be the end of democracy. He was assassinated for saving democracy and creating a passage way for a more just, fairer union. He didn’t get to finish what he started. Reconstruction was passed on to his successor, Andrew Johnson, who completely fucked it up. There was only a little moment in time where freed slaves were more equal and even served in Congress but that was short lived. The KKK made sure of it. White supremacists made sure that Black people knew their place. The legislative accomplishments of the Civil Rights movement may have put white supremacists in their place legally, but not literally. Jim Crow has been alive and well in the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of enough white people that we’re close to losing our democracy again.
And now that the Republicans have completely embraced white supremacy, the modern day KKK is all over inside local, state, and federal governments. They’re making, interpreting, and enforcing laws that maintain white power and THEY’RE ALL REPUBLICANS.
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”― Abraham Lincoln
We’ve got to finish what Abraham Lincoln started. We’ve got to end the Civil War once and for all. To do this the Republican party must be defeated and destroyed..
Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863:
“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate — we cannot hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
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