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.