You cannot declare that the Confederate flag and Confederate monuments represent “your heritage” and also claim you are the party of Lincoln. The Republican party of today is the Anti-Lincoln party.
I addressed this in detail on my website: “The Party of Lincoln.”
Zachary B. Wolf offers a similar analysis on CNN.
The Republican convention this week has spent a lot of time trying to recapture the mantle of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican party president. But Lincoln’s Republican party is more closely aligned with today’s Democratic party, NOT the Republicans.
Lincoln’s party brought together many disparate voices that could agree on the main theme of restricting the expansion of slavery and promotion of progressive policies that benefited the masses. They sought an end to the race-based slavery that permeated the South. They sought to expand educational opportunities. They believed in an active federal that would “do for the people what the people could not do for themselves.” While health care was not an issue at the time (people who couldn’t get it died), Lincoln himself in his second inaugural address called for the nation to “care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.”
Sounds like socialism, today’s Republicans would say.
Today’s Republican party is for everything Lincoln’s party was against.
Not surprisingly, a Republican convention speaker (one of many from the Trump family speaking) used a fake Lincoln quote to promote the opposite of what Lincoln was saying in his real quote. This bastardizing of Lincoln’s words and beliefs has become second nature for a Republican party that despises everything Lincoln achieved, while dishonestly trying to claim they are like him.
They are the opposite of Lincoln. Proven daily.
If you haven’t already, read “The Party of Lincoln.”
Vote for today’s Party of Lincoln – the Democratic party.
And wear a mask.
David J. Kent is a science traveler and the author of Lincoln: The Man Who Saved America, in Barnes and Noble stores now. His previous books include Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity (2013) and Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World (2016) and two e-books: Nikola Tesla: Renewable Energy Ahead of Its Time and Abraham Lincoln and Nikola Tesla: Connected by Fate.