Republican Party: 2013 Archives
REPUBLICANS MUST WIN A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM FOR ALL AMERICANS IN THE 2014 ELECTIONS! ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS OUR GUIDE.
There is a lot to catch up on!
The Chatham RTC and our colleagues in the Lower Cape - the RTCs of Harwich, Orleans, Eastham, Brewster and Truro -- worked hard to put together what I will call a magnificent observance of the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on November 19th, 2013. It was held exactly 150 years to the day after President Lincoln put into words what the war had achieved -- fulfilling the promise in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal.
We chose the elegant Wequassett in Harwich as a fitting location to celebrate such a momentous day in America's history. It was also fitting that Massachusetts was one of just a handful of states honoring the day -- Gettysburg itself, the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Illinois and Lincoln, Nebraska, renamed that shortly after the assassination.
More than 100 citizens of the Lower Cape gathered to honor President Lincoln and reflect on the meaning packed into his 272 words. Our special guest Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Baker not only came out of respect for President Lincoln and his message, but the urgency that should be directed towards winning all Republican contests in November 2014 to achieve yet another Rebirth of Freedom. As Charlie said,"I am proud to be the heir of Abraham Lincoln and his concern for freedom and equality before the law for all." His words were enthusiastically received. It is clear that Charlie Baker cares deeply that Lincoln's message is a message for our times.
It is fitting for Massachusetts to join in the celebration because the heart and soul of the abolitionist movement was in Boston. Massachusetts was the second state (right after Vermont) to outlaw slavery in 1783.
The leading publication of the movement was The Liberator, begun in Boston by William Lloyd Garrison in 1831 and continued right through the Civil War. When the Republican Party was formed on an anti-slavery platform in 1854, abolitionists en masse became Republicans and swept Lincoln to victory in 1860.
The anthem of the anti-slavery cause in the Civil War, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, was a poem penned by a Boston abolitionist Julia Ward Howe.
The Republican Governor of Massachusetts John Andrew was such a fervent and active supporter of freedom for slaves that a hospital at what was an all-black college in Tuskegee, Alabama is named after him.
During the war it was the Republican abolitionists with Massachusetts in the forefront who kept putting pressure on President Lincoln to unilaterally "do something" to free the slaves. Trouble was, for Lincoln, a President sworn to uphold the Constitution and a lawyer as well, slavery was legal under the Constitution in states which allowed it. And the Supreme Court had ruled that Congress could not restrict slavery in the new territories of the Louisiana Purchase. What could he do?
Beset daily with demands from his most loyal and demanding supporters, he searched for an answer and, as the inventive lawyer he was, he found it in that troublesome document the Constitution itself.
Preserving the Union was the President's paramount duty under the Constitution and he was waging a war to do just that. Just perhaps, under his War Powers as Commander in Chief, he could indeed "do something."
Lincoln delivered an ultimatum to the rebel states: Return to the Union by January 1, 1863 or he would free all the slaves in rebel territories and order the Union Army to protect them. His war aims were two-fold: To encourage slaves to flee the plantations, thus weakening the agricultural output of the South, the source of almost all of its external revenue and, hopefully, to get freed slaves to sign up for Union Army. He achieved both purposes -- and his Emancipation Proclamation was never legally challenged.
Until 1963 the South was winning most of the battles. By mid-summer, the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation were beginning to be felt. On the first three days of July, the bloody battle of Gettysburg was fought and the Union forces were victorious, forcing Lee to quit the battlefield and retreat.
Cheering crowds stormed the White House on July 4th wanting to hear from the President, but we waved them off. It wasn't yet time to say what he sensed had occurred: The war had turned in the Union's favor and the Union would be preserved. And something just as great if not greater was being accomplished.
The citizens of Gettysburg decided on a Soldiers' Cemetery and that a solemn dedication was called for. The date set was November 19, 1863. Edward Everett, himself a Massachusetts abolitionist, probably the most distinguished man of his times, was chosen to deliver what would be a two-hour oration. The invitation to Lincoln was a courtesy by the committee, which politely indicated he could make "a few remarks" after the principal talk. Lincoln told his aides before leaving Washington that was fine, he would be "short, short, short."
After what would have been Edward Everett's oration, Abraham Lincoln, in his long black coat with white flecks in his beard, walked through the crowd at Wequassett, took his place at the front and began, "Four score and seven years ago,...
"Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Scott Hamilton." The crowd rose with enthusiastic applause in appreciation of this stirring rendition.
President Lincoln had put things in context. Acceptance in the Constitution of slavery as life as it had been in America since the early 1600s was a betrayal of the Declaration of Independence. Now the promise that all men are entitled to the enjoyment of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" had been made fact by the brave men who had fought and died. There had been A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM.
There was still "unfinished business" for "us the living." It is to ensure that "government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."
Lincoln spoke not only to the people of his times, but to all those generations to come in America who would be threatened by the loss of freedom. Lincoln had warned that if America were to suffer decline, be defeated, it would be from within. Every generation had to be on guard, every generation had to fight for a new birth of freedom to ensure the perpetual continuation of a government controlled by the people, not by those who from time to time would be in power.
President Reagan had his own warning, that freedom can be lost in a single generation.
When we see the overreaching in Democrat-controlled Washington eroding our freedoms, limiting our choices,refusing to enforce the laws of the land, intruding into our private lives, taxing and regulating the productive and denigrating the accomplishments of the successful, we must take heed of Lincoln's message and gird ourselves for the elections ahead. It isn't just the White House, it is every Democrat who supported its policies, voted for them and did not protest the constant lying to the American people about how they had been deceived.
And the one-party tyranny in the State House is spending our taxpayer money on government handouts to those who aren't entitled to them, imposing taxes and more taxes, even automatic taxes on gas, and more and more regulation, it is time for change there, too. Contrast the Weld to Romney years of balanced budgets without tax increases and low unemployment and strong job growth in a business-friendly economy with the past seven years.
President Lincoln's spirit will be with us as we fight to reclaim the freedoms which are being stolen from all Americans by those in power who are telling us how to live our lives.
2014 is the time the people must fight to win back our freedoms. We must bring about a new birth of freedom. It is Republicans who must lead the charge as they did to free the slaves of 150 years ago.
Fran Meaney, Chairman, Chatham RTC
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The Democratic spin machine never stops and it's 24/7 vicious attacks on Republican positions, politicians and spokesmen never ceae. Whatever bile Democrats spew, the lapdog mainstream media led by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the LA Times distributes and amplifies it.
Getting the Republican message out to the people of the nation therefore is a huge challenge to begin with.
Unfortunately, tragically for the American people, leadership Republicans appear tongue-tied and, as Dr. Thomas Sowell sorrowfully says, "inarticulate.
While there are some stellar exceptions such as Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul, the media know what to do: They run to hear what Senate Minority Leader McConnell and Speaker Boehner have to say and ignore the articulate. If they really want a non-leadership Republican to interview, they go to the Go Along-Get Along Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
What the Republicans are doing by seeking to delay Obamacare for a year is to save the fundamental character and life of this country, which is drowning in unsustainable debt that Obamacare will make incomparably worse. But all one hears is the Democrat messages about Republicans causing the shutdown (not true) and their threat on the debt limit, not the dire consequences of the irresponsible debt build-up.
Here's Dr. Sowell.
In the midst of a national crisis, the GOP isn’t making its case to the public.
By Thomas Sowell
National Review Online
October 8, 2009
If the continued existence of mathematics depended on the ability of the Republicans to defend the proposition that two plus two equals four, it would probably mean the end of mathematics and of all the things that require mathematics.
The Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, epitomized what has been wrong with the Republicans for decades when he emerged from a White House meeting last Wednesday, went over to the assembled microphones, briefly expressed his disgust with the Democrats’ intransigence, and walked on away.
We are in the midst of a national crisis, immediately affecting millions of Americans and potentially affecting the kind of country this will become if Obamacare goes into effect — and yet, with multiple television-network cameras focused on Speaker Boehner as he emerged from the White House, he couldn’t be bothered to prepare a statement that would help clarify a confused situation, full of fallacies and lies.
Boehner is not unique in having a blind spot when it comes to recognizing the importance of articulation and the need to put some serious time and effort into presenting your case in a way that people outside the Beltway would understand. On the contrary, he has been all too typical of Republican leaders in recent decades.
When the government was shut down during the Clinton administration, Republican leaders who went on television to tell their side of the story talked about “OMB numbers” versus “CBO numbers” — as if most people beyond the Beltway knew what these abbreviations meant or why the statistics in question were relevant to the shutdown. Why talk to them in Beltway-speak?
When Speaker Boehner today goes around talking about the “CR,” that is just more of the same thinking — or lack of thinking. Policy wonks inside the Beltway know that he is talking about the continuing resolution that authorizes the existing level of government spending to continue, pending a new budget agreement.
But, believe it or not, there are lots of citizens and voters outside the Beltway. And what is believed by those people whom too many Republicans are talking past can decide not only the outcome of this crisis but the fate of the nation for generations to come.
You might think that the stakes are high enough for Republicans to put in some serious time trying to clarify their message. As the great economist Alfred Marshall once said, facts do not speak for themselves. If we are waiting for the Republicans to do the speaking, the country is in big trouble.
Democrats, by contrast, are all talk. They could sell refrigerators to Eskimos before Republicans could sell them blankets. Indeed, Democrats sold Barack Obama to the American public, which is an even more amazing feat, considering his complete lack of relevant experience and questionable (at best) loyalty to the values and institutions of this country. The Democrats have obviously given a lot of attention to articulation, including coordinated articulation among their members. Some years ago, Senator Chuck Schumer was recorded, apparently without his knowledge, telling fellow Democrats to keep using the word “extremist” when discussing Republicans. Even earlier, when George W. Bush first ran for president, the word that suddenly began appearing everywhere was “gravitas” — as in the endlessly repeated charge that Bush lacked “gravitas.” People who had never used that word before suddenly began using it all the time.
Today, the Democrats’ buzzword is “clean” — as in the endlessly repeated statement that Republicans in the House of Representatives should send a “clean” bill to the Senate. Anything less than a blank check is not considered a “clean” bill. The Constitution gives the House of Representatives the responsibility to originate all spending bills based on what they think should and should not be funded. But the word “clean” is now apparently supposed to override the Constitution.
If Republicans want to show some seriousness about articulating their case, they might start by deleting the abbreviation “CR” from their vocabulary. As has been said, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” That journey is long overdue.
— Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. © 2013 Creators Syndicate, Inc.
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