Why Booth Killed Lincoln

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

One hundred forty four years ago today, a great American was assassinated. President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the back of the head by John Wilkes Booth. But why? Booth was a passionate supporter of slavery; therefore, he hated Lincoln and the Republican Party. When Booth attended a public meeting where he heard Lincoln express his views about extending voting rights to African-Americans, he decided he had to be stopped. Five days later, he put the president to rest.

Isn't it ironic that Lincoln, the first Republican president, was hated in his time because of his stand for Black people, that the Republican Party began as an anti-slavery movement, but yet somehow history has been rewritten? Now the progression of the Democrat Party relies heavily on duping people into believing that Republicans are racists. The truth is that Democrats were fighting against the freedoms and rights of Blacks, and in my humble opinion, they continue to distort facts in order to victimize, use, and control Blacks. It's amazing how the script has been flipped and people have bought into it.

Certainly we know not every act performed was superlative, not every motive pristine, but the annihilation of slavery is certainly nothing to sneeze at, so today I honor President Lincoln for his sacrifice. And all these years later, though also run by imperfect people--as we all are--the Party that boasts Lincoln as its first president still stands for "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Despite the slings and arrows of the Left, it still believes in the freedom of all, the potential of all, and the personal responsibility of all.

5 comments:

Ron B April 14, 2009 at 9:53 PM  

As an educator you already know that learning does not start and stop in the classroom. With the information available today it is amazing that we do not find time to investigate and learn for ourselves. Our people have for too long relied upon a party (Democrats) that was the bastion of racial discrimination and segregation for information. We have also failed to challenge the information that is given to us by one group against the other. I am pleased to see someone like you rise to the challenge to help keep people learning.

Anonymous,  November 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM  

It surprises me a little because Booth was well-known and yet he still took the risk to shoot Lincoln.

Anonymous,  January 15, 2015 at 12:24 PM  

In my AP history class, my teacher said that it is incorrect to compare political parties over time because they have changed so much and although they have the same name, they are very different now. So comparing the democrats then to now doesn't make any sense in my humble opinion.

Adrienne Ross January 15, 2015 at 4:02 PM  

Thank you for commenting about your history teacher. Here's an important question for you: have you done research on your own concerning the political parties over time? Is it possible that your history teacher may not be completely accurate? Just some food for thought and some motivation for you to delve into this yourself.

Anonymous,  July 8, 2015 at 6:32 PM  

I'm doing an report about this and I've been searching so hard to find an actual answer to why John Wilkes Booth killed Abraham Lincoln. So THANK YOU!!!! :)

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