Republicans like to refer to themselves as the Party of Lincoln. This could not be further from the truth. In Lincoln’s day, the Republican Party was more like today’s Democratic Party. It cared about issues of social justice.
Today’s Republican Party is unabashedly stomping all over Lincoln’s legacy.
As Harold Meyerson wrote in a 2015 Washington Post article, even before the GOP became the party of Trump, the Republican Party is doing all it can to suppress black voting; “opposes federal efforts to mitigate poverty; it objects to federal investment in infrastructure and education just as the antebellum South opposed internal improvements and rejected public education; it scorns compromise. It is nearly all white. It is the lineal descendant of Lee’s army, and the descendants of Grant’s have yet to subdue it.”
Make no mistake … today’s GOP is more the party of the Old Confederacy than that of Old Abe.
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