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Lincoln Calls Out Today’s Democrats

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LincolnWritten By: Herald Boas

Over the past year, Americans have watched the radical left increasingly seek to cancel our nation’s founders. As outrageous as it is, many Americans may be surprised to learn this is not the first time in our history that such a phenomenon has occurred. An old letter from Abraham Lincoln reminds us of surprisingly similar events just prior to the American Civil War.

Just as Americans were in the years before war broke out in 1860, all of us today are living through a period when the major political parties seem to be undergoing an identity crisis, discarding traditional stereotypes and adopting some of the patterns, policies, and viewpoints of the other party.

The effect of this realignment differs on Republicans and Democrats. Over the past five years, it seems to have expanded the Republican base as blacks, Hispanics and blue collar workers increasingly vote for GOP candidates who speak to the issues they care about. The impact on Democrats seems more ambiguous as many on the left take up political correctness and cancel culture, even to the point of abandoning the very founders of the Democratic Party. Local and state Democrats are “canceling” their traditional Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners and festivities across the nation. Schools in liberal enclaves from coast to coast are erasing the names of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson from their doors, and statues of our founders are being removed from town centers and city halls.

In an extraordinary 1859 letter (excerpted below), Abraham Lincoln–then a Springfield attorney–identifies and calls out an astonishing historical parallel in the mid-19th century, when pro-slavery Democrats also sought to distance themselves from Jefferson and erase the memory of the father of their own party.

Lincoln’s Letter to Henry L. Pierce and others [excerpted]:

Springfield, Ills, April 6, 1859

Messrs. Henry L. Pierce, & others

Gentlemen

Your kind note inviting me to attend a Festival in Boston, on the 13th. Inst. in honor of the birthday of Thomas Jefferson, was duly received. My engagements are such that I can not attend.

Bearing in mind that about seventy years ago, two great political parties were first formed in this country, that Thomas Jefferson was the head of one of them, and Boston the head-quarters of the other, it is both curious and interesting that those supposed to descend politically from the party opposed to Jefferson should now be celebrating his birthday in their own original seat of empire, while those claiming political descent from him have nearly ceased to breathe his name everywhere.

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I remember once being much amused at seeing two partially intoxicated men engage in a fight with their great-coats on, which fight, after a long, and rather harmless contest, ended in each having fought himself out of his own coat, and into that of the other. If the two leading parties of this day are really identical with the two in the days of Jefferson and Adams, they have performed the same feat as the two drunken men.

But soberly, it is now no child’s play to save the principles of Jefferson from total overthrow in this nation.

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This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.

All honor to Jefferson–to the man who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so to embalm it there, that today, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling-block to the very harbingers of re-appearing tyranny and oppression.

Your obedient Servant A. Lincoln

It is perhaps instructive that while Democrats are busy canceling Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson (and other early figures in their party), Republicans continue to honor their founding figure Lincoln.

There are some on the left who would like to cancel Mr. Lincoln, too, claiming he wasn’t anti-slavery enough, or for some other controversial actions he took as president. As the letter above demonstrates (as does the body of his writing and speeches), Lincoln was always clearly anti-slavery, not to mention that he pushed for and signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

Lincoln had the wit to call out the Democrats in his own time when they abandoned their founding principle that “all men are created equal,” and instead took up with woke plutocrats of that troubled and tragic era. His letter reminds us that although we live in sometimes trying times, Americans have seen it all before, and the legacy and principles of Thomas Jefferson have triumphed and endured.

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Jeanette Fenton
6 months ago

Excellent article.

Ed J
6 months ago

President Lincoln had clarity of thought that was very perceptive, infused with both logic and rational thinking, and reflected a huge amount of common sense. Too bad this sort of thinking is today conspicuous by its almost total absence. In its place today, mostly what we hear is simply the drone of meaningless babble. There is an old adage which says to “turn on your mind before putting your lips in gear” and most people are simply NOT doing this, so their pratings are like the braying of asses (although genuine asses actually make more sense, it seems!).

Dave
6 months ago

Gosh, is this suppossed to make us feel better? Similar things are happening in America today that happened in yje lead up to the civil war?

the rebel
6 months ago

Congress is overloaded with too many liars, whores, and thieves who continually rape the American taxpayers.

WE NEED TERM LIMITS !!!!!

FYI————Jobama a prime example—————–49 plus years riding the gubmint gravy train.

Larry Boros
6 months ago

All of this becomes so clear when you understand that all of the Socialist Democrats are being enticed and intimidated by Red China into creating havoc in our economy and in our society.

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Stan E. Kowalczyk
6 months ago

Lincoln WAS a Democrat in todays terms. BIG GOVERNMENT. Let’s start with the Corwin Amendment and that he didn’t give 2 s***ts slavery. When will we Conservatives agree that Lincolns war was about big government and not about slavery. Lincoln, Sherman and Grant should all be held for war crimes against innocent farmers, slaves and town folk, which they would be if HIS war was in 2021 and not 1861.

Phil Hammersley
6 months ago

There can be disagreement if a state which freely “joined” a union, can freely “secede” from it. Especially as the term “state” was viewed in 1860.
And true, at the start of the war, slavery was NOT the key issue. But I think you overstate the motives of Lincoln. The so-called “Radical Republicans,” who opposed both Lincoln and later Andrew Johnson, would be more like today’s DIMMs.

Victoria Johnson
6 months ago

So Lincoln wasn’t “perfect”. No one else in this world is either, including you, and especially politicians of any persuasian. I would rather have a politician that acts in my interest 80% of the time than throw him overboard for someone who advocates for less than 10 %. I’ll try to persuade him to my point of view on the 20 % where we differ and accept the result however it ends up.

Hal Eddy
6 months ago

Stan, you are absolutely correct. Unfortunately, the winning side gets to write the history books. Generations have been force-fed the myth that Lincoln’s war was a noble quest to end slavery and that Lincoln was a civil rights martyr. I’d also add that Lincoln’s famed “Emancipation Proclamation” was carefully worded so that it would not free slaves held in Union territory. In reality, it freed no one. And Lincoln’s comments about black people in during his presidential campaign are cringeworthy.

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