Republicans are no longer the Party of Lincoln

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The nomination of Corey Stewart for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia, and the president’s embrace of him, means that the Republicans can no longer call themselves the Party of Lincoln. It’s just that simple.

Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president, and the entirety of his time in office was dedicated to settling the question of whether states could leave the Union. He killed the Confederacy, and a Confederate sympathizer then killed him. It’s still the worst episode in American history, but its lessons have apparently been lost on far too many people.

To repeat: Abraham Lincoln killed the Confederacy. He was their kryptonite. The reason they are historical relics is because of him.

By embracing the Confederacy in any way, shape, or form, the modern Republican party effectively spits on the memory of the man who gave them their greatest accomplishment. If the Confederates had their way in the 19th century, we wouldn’t have a United States of America in the 21st.

So embrace Corey Stewart if you want to, Republicans, but understand that you can never again consider yourself the Party of Lincoln. This Lincoln won’t allow you to do it.

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It’s Lincoln or secession, but not both

There’s a petition online asking for Texas to be allowed to secede from the Union. This is as idiotic as an idea can possibly be, because it flies in the face of American history. To wit:

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. The slaveholding South decided they were not willing to abide this electoral result, so they withdrew from the Union before Lincoln even took the oath of office. It was the equivalent of taking your ball and going home because you were losing in a game. Nobody likes the person who will do that.

Lincoln came to office and never allowed the idea of secession to take hold as a legitimate course of action. He acted as if the Confederate states were still in the Union, like they had always been. And a terrible war was fought to decide whether states could just walk away from the Union when they wanted to. The answer, written in blood thousands of times over, was a resounding “no.”

Republicans–who presumably wouldn’t be so keen on secession if the Republican presidential candidate had won the election–love to call themselves the “Party of Lincoln,” and nominally that’s true. But if they breathe a word of secession–especially because they don’t like the way an election turned out–they must give up any right to use Lincoln’s name on their behalf. Lincoln saved the Union, and paid for it with his life, because he would not allow states to walk away from the Union.

Consider this a free history lesson, for all of the pro-secession Republicans that may be out there.