Tuesday, July 7, 2015
On the "Evolution" of Abe Lincoln
Sorry but I just don't see it. a) His 1861 inaugural was essentially a slavery forever speech. b) He voiced well into the war that he would be willing to accept slavery if it meant saving the union. c) The Emancipation Proclamation was little more than a military strategy/document (the goal of it being a slave insurrection) in that it only freed slaves in the rebel territories (as opposed to those in the free and border states or occupied territories) and even there he promised that slavery could return if the South did likewise. And d) Lincoln continued (right up til his last breath) to plot ways that the U.S. could colonize Africans (Panama, Haiti, and Liberia being amongst the possible destinations) to the tune of getting them the hell out of America. Evolution smevolution, I say.