Celebrating a REPUBLICAN President signing the Emancipation Proclamation, on this day 155 years ago

Grand Old Partisan celebrates the Republican Party’s Emancipation Proclamation going into effect on New Year’s Day 1863.  While Republicans rejoiced, Democrat politicians and newspapers denounced President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL) for freeing slaves.

Demonstrating their depravity, New York’s Gov. Horatio Seymour, who would be the 1868 Democrat presidential nominee, denounced the Emancipation Proclamation as “a proposal for the butchery of women and children.”  The Louisville Daily Democrat called it “an outrage of all constitutional law, all human justice, all Christian feeling.”

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Republicans Freed the Slaves – 13th Amendment

On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment — abolishing slavery — became part of the Constitution — when ratified by three-quarters of the states.

Despite protests from the Democrats, the Republican Party made banning slavery part of its national platform in 1864. Senator Lyman Trumbull (R-IL) wrote the final version of the text, combining the proposed wordings of several other Republican congressmen.

All Republicans in Congress voted for the 13th Amendment, while nearly all Democrats voted against it. So strongly did President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL) support the 13th Amendment, he signed the document, though presidential approval is not part of the amendment process.

Yes, outlawing slavery was a Republican achievement.

From Grand Old Partisan

On this day in 1862, a Republican President issued the Emancipation Proclamation

On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL) issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Effective at yearend, all slaves in Confederate-controlled territory would be “forever free.”

Ill-informed critics of the first Republican President Lincoln fault the Emancipation Proclamation for only freeing slaves in areas not yet under the control of the U.S. government, but — because of the Democratic Party’s resolute defense of slavery — the federal government had the necessary authority only over so-called “property” of the rebels.

Within two years, the Republican-controlled 38th Congress followed up this great advance by enacting the 13th Amendment, banning slavery throughout the nation.

From Michael Zak at Grand Old Partisan

If black people can forgive Democrats for slavery, why can’t blacks forgive Republicans for freedom?

During his radio monologue, Dr. Yuille, host of Joshua’s Trail, the popular Michigan radio show of black conservative Christian thought, often asks the following rhetorical questions:

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