New York Times Determined to Prove Abe Lincoln Was Really a Democrat
That's the gist of this nasty piece by Timothy Egan, ostensibly honoring the country's first Republican president on the anniversary of his assassination by a Democrat -- but in reality thumping the GOP for not conforming to Egan's ideas of political correctness. (Worth noting before we begin that the Assassinated Presidents score is GOP 3, Dems 1; talk about a War on Republicans.)
Think of [Lincoln's] legacy on this anniversary of the American passion play. Think of free land for the landless, the transcontinental railroad, the seeding of what would grow into national parks, the granting of human rights to people who had none. And think of how much the party of Lincoln has turned against the expansive political philosophy of Lincoln. Not the emancipation of four million people — Northern Democrats who died on southern battlegrounds, and certainly the Republicans who held power then, get their share of credit for ending the Original Sin of the United States.
But beyond: Could the Republicans who control Congress in 2015, the party of no, ever pass a Homestead Act? That law, which went into effect the very day, Jan. 1, 1863, Lincoln’s wartime executive order to free slaves in the breakaway states did, carries a clause that very few Republicans would support now...
In 1862, Lincoln signed legislation spurring construction of the transcontinental railroad. That same year, he approved a bill that led to the creation of land grant colleges. Today, Congress will not even approve enough money to keep decrepit bridges from falling down, and has whittled away funds to help working kids stay in college. It’s laughable to think of Republicans’ approving of something visionary and forward-looking in the realm of transportation, energy or education. Government, in their minds, can never be a force for good...
what unites the Republican Party, on this 150th anniversary of the murder of Lincoln, is that they are against the type of progressive legislation that gave rise to their party. Lincoln is an oil painting in the parlor, to be dusted off while Republican leaders plot new ways to kill things that he would have approved of.
On and on it goes, the usual hate-filled, sickening, ignorant drivel by the Democrat Party ops who call themselves journalists. Their propaganda campaign against the nation continues unabated. They hate us. They really, really hate us.