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  •  Republicans of today can claim no credit ... (0+ / 0-)

    For the actions of Lincolns party. The Democrats of Lincolns day are the Republicans of today.

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" - Edmund Burke

    by rclendan on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 01:04:09 PM PST

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      Democrats of today are not Lincoln's Republicans-

      We forget that Alexander Hamilton was also very much in favor of using this vast power of the federal govt to benefit those in power - and he really did not care about the common man.

      We forget that slavery was not only about a moral right/wrong, but about the idea that, without the economic advantage slavery gave the south, it would be swallowed by an industrialized north.

      Remove slavery from this, and this becomes about people resisting big business to maintain a way of life --

      wow - that second one is a lot more sympathetic to the Democrats of our day--

      Which is precisely why some were Democrats then - remember it was 40 years later (the distance between Jimmy Carter and today) that Democrats nominated William Jennings Bryan who better articulated these positions.

      We also forget that a lot of northern Republicans feared an industrialized South more than they hated slavery.

      Lincoln's actions, and many of those in his party, were heroic.  And Dems were on the wrong side of this one - but please don't ignore that 40 years after Lincoln the Republicans nominated William McKinley, who proudly ushered the robber barons into power.

      The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. --George Orwell

      by jgkojak on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 03:12:35 PM PST

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