Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lincoln - the Movie and the Democratic Lie

A couple of days ago my husband and I went to see the movie Lincoln.  It is a great movie, a true drama.  It is very historical, but only deals with the arm twisting that Lincoln went through to free the slaves.  It doesn't deal with the assassination plot at all.  John Wilkes Booth's name isn't even mentioned.  Daniel Day-Lewis deserves an Oscar.  He brilliantly portrays Lincoln.  There are a few things the movie didn't make clear probably because it wasn't important to the plot of the movie.  I, however, had read Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly which made me feel inherently smart, and I was able to fill in what the movie left out.

Although I've always known that Lincoln freed the slaves, I didn't realize how hard he worked to get it done nor how important it was to him.  Lincoln was a Republican.  Those that were vehemently opposed to freeing the slaves were Democrats, and I left the movie very confused.  Most Democrats during that time were white supremacists.  In fact, on October 13, 1858, during Lincoln-Douglas debates, U.S. Senator Stephen Douglas (D-IL) stated: “I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatever”; Douglas became the Democratic Party’s 1860 Presidential nominee ( ). 

Democrats throughout history were consistently opposed to granting equal rights to Black Americans, women, and Native Americans. Here are a few examples focusing only on Black Americans.  If you want to know more of these, they can be found at and are arranged in a timeline from 1856 to 1996.

  1. Democrats were vehemently opposed to freeing the slaves.  The 13th Amendment banning slavery was passed with 100% of Republicans and opposed by 63% of Democrats.
  2. The Civil Rights Act of 1866, which gave Black Americans citizenship status, was vetoed by Democrat President Andrew Johnson, but the Republican Congress overrode his veto.
  3. In 1866 the U.S. Senate passed the 14th Amendment.  94% of Republicans voted yes; Democrats unanimously opposed it.
  4. In 1868 the Democratic Party's National Campaign theme was, "This is a white man's country.  Let white men rule."
  5. Democratic terrorists organized as KKK assassinated U.S. Rep. James Hines (R-AR) who was campaigning for re-election.
  6. Civil Rights leaders, Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy voted for Republican Dwight Eisenhower for President.
  7. Republican President Dwight Eisenhower deployed the 82nd Airborne Division to Little Rock, AR to force Democratic Governor, Orval Faubus, to integrate public schools.
  8. Margaret Sanger (a Democrat and founder of Planned Parenthood) said, "We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…."
 What I want to know is when the Democrats began demonizing Republicans and how they made Black Americans believe it.  That will be the focus of my next blog.