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BLACKS COMING HOME TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THE PARTY OF LINCOLN.

Black entertainer Alfonzo Rachel tells fellow blacks how the Democrat Party has suckered them all these years. How could they have forgotten that it was the Republicans who freed the slaves, made them citizens and gave them the vote. It was the Democrats who fought to save slavery, wore the sheets of the KKK and squeezed blacks with Jim Crow laws and practices.

It took Republican Martin Luther King Jr to push Democrat president Lyndon Baines Johnson into the corner with his Selma and other marches to get the Civil Rights Acts passed (80% Republicans, 23?% Democrats).

But LBJ was a genius, one might say an evil genius. The blacks couldn't be kept down anymore, so he decided he'd buy them off and get their votes with government handouts. And it worked -- for the Democrats. It's been a disaster for blacks. From slavery picking cotton to another kind of slavery, government dependency.

Time for blacks to throw of the chains of Democrat government dependency. Republicans have been there to lend a helping hand up and still are.

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IN MEMORIAM -- PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

REPUBLICANS ARE THE PARTY OF LINCOLN.

IN MEMORIAM.

150 years ago on Saturday, April 15, at 7:22 in the morning, President Lincoln died, having been shot in the head the night before by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theater in Washington. Lincoln was murdered because he had ended slavery in America. If ever a president was martyred for a cause, it was Lincoln.

Sunday, April 12th Chatham Republicans celebrated the end of the Civil War, the freedom that Lincoln brought to millions of fellow Americans and the life and death of this courageous man. This observance was our fourth and final annual observance of the 150th anniversary of the four years of Lincoln's presidency and the Civil War.

The historic week in 1865 began on Palm Sunday, April 9th, with the surrender by General Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, in effect ending the Civil War.

The week ended with the death of the President on Saturday from the assassin's bullet on Good Friday.

The war dividing the nation was started by the Southern Democrats to preserve slavery after losing the presidential election. At great cost in human life, the Union was preserved and slavery was stamped out in America forever by Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

Important patriots who worked closely with Lincoln to end slavery and win the war were also honored, including Governor John Albion Andrew of Massachusetts and former slave Frederick Douglass, to whom Lincoln said at a public reception on Inauguration Day, March 4, 1865, "There is no man whose opinion I admire more than yours."

Douglass' life as a young slave on the Eastern Shore of Maryland was movingly presented by Allen Rodney Waters of Mashpee, whose family has roots in that area. This is what was ended by Lincoln.

State Representative Tim Whelan of the 1st Barnstable District gave an uplifting personal appreciation of the President in his prepared remarks.

Chatham's own Scott Hamilton appeared, as he had many times before, as Abraham Lincoln and delivered magnificently Lincoln's greatest orations, the Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address.


ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
NOVEMBER 19, 1863

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.



ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S SECOND INAUGURAL ADDRESS
MARCH 4, 1865

At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office, there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement, somewhat in detail, of a course to be pursued, seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention, and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself; and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.

On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it--all sought to avert it. While the inaugeral [sic] address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war--seeking to dissole [sic] the Union, and divide effects, by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.

One eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the Southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was, somehow, the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union, even by war; while the government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has his own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!" If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South, this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope--fervently do we pray--that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.


The Chatham Chairman recounted how Lincoln's death plunged the nation into deep grief.

Even Confederate General Joseph Johnson, in surrendering all remaining Confederate troops to General William T. Sherman, said Lincoln's death was "the greatest possible calamity for the South." "We have lost our Moses," one black lady said.

Lincoln's friend, the self-educated former slave Frederick Douglass said it best: There was no class of people who should honor and perpetuate his memory more than colored people, for he was emphatically the black man's President.

Douglass went on to say that Lincoln was "the first American President who... rose above the prejudice of his times, and country." "It was my privilege to know Abraham Lincoln and to know him well. I saw and conversed with him at different times during his administration....In daring ...to invite a Negro to an audience at the White House, Mr. Lincoln....was saying to the country, "I am President of the black people as well as the white, and I mean to respect their rights and feelings as men and as citizens."

Millions viewed Lincoln's body as it lay in state in the White House, the Capitol Rotunda and at the many stops of the funeral trail as it made its slow journey to Lincoln's resting place in Springfield, Illinois.

Those gathered in Chatham this past Sunday all stood in a tribute of silent prayer for the President and all those who gave their lives, including the men from Cape Cod, to save the Union and make true the promise of Declaration of Independence that "all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights."

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The last two photographs of Lincoln
February 5, 1865

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March 6, 1865

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN ASKS FORMER SLAVE FREDERICK DOUGLASS WHAT HE THOUGHT OF HIS SECOND INAUGURAL ADDRESS, MARCH 4, 1865.

President Lincoln has just been sworn in for his second term. There was a public reception at the White House to which former slave and well-known abolition activist, lecturer and writer Frederick Douglass invited himself. He had been stopped at the door because he was a negro, but talked his way inside and entered the large reception room filled with people (white people). He had met with the president several times before and had been very active in recruiting blacks to fight for the Union, so Lincoln knew him well.

Here's the scene:

Douglass was born in February (doesn't know the date) 1818 and lived as a slave in Maryland until his early 20s, when he escaped and made his way to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he got a job working in a boatyard, doing similar work to what he had done for a time in Baltimore.

As a boy he had taught himself to read, something he kept secret, because it was forbidden for slaves to be educated. And he listened.

After arriving in New Bedford, he spoke and wrote so well that many doubted he could ever have been a slave.

It wasn't long before the abolitionists of Boston heard of him and enlisted him in the cause. William Lloyd Garrison as publisher of abolitionist newspaper "The Liberator" since 1830 was in the forefront. Before long Douglass was on the road throughout New England and New York, giving first hand accounts of the sufferings and horrors of slavery.

He became a publisher of an anti-slavery newspaper in his own right after he settled in his new home in Rochester, New York (far enough away from Boston so as not to clash with Garrison and "The Liberator").

His life was devoted to the elimination of slavery and whatever he could do he did, speaking and writing and traveling tirelessly. He was there when the Republican Party was formed with its principal goal being putting an end to slavery. He supported the President and recruited blacks for the war effort.

So it was a long journey indeed for the slavery-born Douglass: to have the President of the United States publicly call him his friend and say there was no one whose opinion he would rather have than his.

Frederick Douglass lived until 1895.

His is an incredible story of courage, self discipline, initiative, incredible hard work and determination. What an example for all young people today.


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HONOR ABRAHAM LINCOLN SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 3 PM. CHATHAM VFW. IN THIS HISTORIC WEEK, THE CIVIL WAR ENDED AND LINCOLN WAS MURDERED FOR ENDING SLAVERY.

This event is open to all who want to honor our greatest president in the most momentous week of his life and in the life of the nation in those times.

150 years ago, on April 9th Lee surrendered to Lincoln, effectively ending the Civil War.
Joy and thanks to God were seen and heard everywhere. Here's what the New York Times had to say. Here is what we said.

Joy turned to sorrow when the world learned that the President had been shot while attending a play and died the next day, April 15th.

We will be commemorating these two events between the two dates, on Sunday, April 12, at the Chatham VFW, 150 Geo. Ryder Rd, at 3 p.m.

Joining us to celebrate the life of the first Republican president will be State Representative David T. Vieira of Falmouth, born himself on Lincoln's Birthday. State Representative Tim Whelan, who himself served in the armed forces of the United States, will also be joining us.

Slavery had existed in America for over 250 years before Lincoln eliminated it for millions with the Emancipation Proclamation and getting the Congress to adopt the 13th Amendment to the Constitution ending slavery forever. Special guest Allen Rodney Waters of Mashpee, who has roots in the slaver territory of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, will tell us about an extraordinary, self-educated young man who escaped from slavery in the Eastern Shore and became a friend and confident of President Lincoln.

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Frederick Douglass as a young man (about 29)in Britain

We will be reminded how cruel slavery was. It had existed in Massachusetts for over 150 years before being eliminated by the Massachusetts Constitution written by John Adams in 1780.

There will be over 20 door prizes to be won by attendees, many of them Lincoln-related. Music. Patriotic singing. Light refreshments. Cash bar. Tributes to President Lincoln. Political networking chat of 1865 and 2015! Donations of $40 accepted at the door.

Chatham Republicans have been honoring President Lincoln for the past three years coinciding with the 150th anniversary of his presidency and the Civil War. This, of course, is the last, climactic end of the four year observance.

All welcome. Please join us in honoring our great president.

Click on picture to enlarge.

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PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S VISION FOR AMERICA's BLACKS: REPUBLICANS MUST TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE.

We are observing the 150th anniversary of the most momentous year of President Lincoln's presidency, the Civil War and slavery in America. In 1865 the Union was preserved, slavery was ended forever in the United States and Lincoln was martyred for what he had accomplished.

On March 4, 2015, Lincoln was looking forward to bringing the two sides together with as much harmony as possible. Both North and South were complicit in slavery.

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

It was important to Lincoln that the future relationship not be one of Victor and Vanquished insofar as that would be possible in the new era with slavery banished.

Lincoln also was thinking about the newly freed and their lives in the new America. What would be needed for them to really have "a new birth of freedom"? In conversations in early 1865 he was raising the idea of voting rights for at least some blacks.

What did blacks of that time think of Lincoln? Adoration and gratitude, as one would guess.

At Lincoln's Second Inaugural about half the crowd of tens of thousands were blacks. The leading black abolition activist of the time freedman Frederick Douglass called Lincoln the "blacks president." None mourned his passing more than those he set free. One black lady is quoted to have said, "We have lost our Moses."

Throughout his public life Lincoln detested slavery, calling it "evil." In debating Senator Douglas in 1858 Lincoln declared that in his natural right "to eat the bread which he has earned by the sweat of his brow," ... every black slave should be "my equal, Judge Douglas's equal, and the equal of every living man."

With his Emancipation Proclamation as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces in 1863 Lincoln freed millions of slaves in Confederate territory and finished the job in 1865 before the end of the war with congressional approval of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution ending slavery in the U.S. forever.

Reflecting on Lincoln's life and words, we can see his vision whole. He redeemed the promise of the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal and should and hopefully would share in a "new birth of freedom." Every man should have the right to enjoy the benefit earned by the "sweat of his brow." E very man is endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable rights -- including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Lincoln saw a black becoming like every other American, able to enjoy the benefits of the "sweat on his brow" in "the pursuit of happiness."

Current government policies have abandoned or lost that vision for blacks, incentivizing not the pursuit of happiness but destructive behavior, as foreseen by Democratic aide to Democratic President Lyndon Johnson Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Despite Moynihan's warnings, LBJ introduced the War on Poverty, predicting he would have blacks voting Democrat for 200 years. 50 years later the two parent black family has largely vanished and as a result most black children have been handed a bleak economic future.

It is time for Republicans to recapture Lincoln's vision and develop polices to encourage blacks and others in poverty to seek to better their lives and escape poverty and government dependency.

Providing better educational opportunities should be Priority #1. Nationwide, the waiting lists for public and private charter schools is staggering. In Massachusetts alone, the waiting list is in the tens of thousands. That President Obama and Democrats support teacher unions in opposing charter schools and better educational opportunities for the poor is a disgrace.

Jason Riley of the Manhattan Institute, who is also Wall Street Journal columnist, has written a powerful book "Please Stop Helping Us" documenting the liberal (Democrat) policies which have done such damage to American blacks. Not only have those policies encouraged young black females to choose government handouts instead of a wedding ring, they have given rise to a culture that belittles work, accomplishment and success, a veritable race to the bottom. Get the book from your local bookstore or Amazon.

President Lincoln would be appalled. Republicans should work to undo the damage done by wrongheaded government policies and develop approaches that will provide the equal opportunities for blacks to better themselves that Lincoln died for.

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PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S SECOND INAUGURAL: THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY

March 4, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of President Lincoln's second term. Lincoln was -re-elected in November 1864.

His Second Inaugural Address was a philosophical one. Was the terrible carnage of the war God's punishment for more than 250 years of slavery of fellow human beings. Would the suffering continue until it equaled that of those slaves over the centuries? North and South were complicit in the economic benefits of slavery so a just God punishes both. But now what? If God is just, he is also merciful and we should leave justice to God and practice mercy as we go forward.

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

The commemoration of this historic day and address was included in our broadcast email that can be accessed by clicking here.

A few comments.

Unlike many other presidential addresses, Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address included only one "I." Hard to imagine, right?

About half the crowd at the Inaugural were blacks. The leading black abolition activist of the time freedman Frederick Douglass called Lincoln the "blacks president." None mourned his passing more than those he set free. One black lady is quoted as saying, "We have lost our Moses."

Throughout his public life Lincoln detested slavery, calling it "evil." In debating Senator Douglas in 1858 Lincoln declared that in his natural right "to eat the bread which he has earned by the sweat of his brow," ... every black slave should be "my equal, Judge Douglas's equal, and the equal of every living man."

With his Emancipation Proclamation as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces in 1863 Lincoln freed millions of slaves in Confederate territory and finished the job in 1865 before the end of the war with congressional approval of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution ending slavery in the U.S. forever.

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