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  •  Serious question (10+ / 0-)

    how much of Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men (first published in 1970), as Eric Foner described the ideology of the Republican Party prior to the Civil War, would still characterize the party today?

    In other words, how much would Abraham Lincoln identify with the institutional successor of the party that lifted him to the presidency?

    Foner, for example, writes of the "Whig-Republican view that the state should have broad powers to regulate the economic life of the nation."

    Or is the half-term governor being more than just a little disingenuous in claiming an ideological affinity with the man who freed the slaves?

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 12:58:18 PM PDT

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