By Skip Chatterson - November 23, 2012
LINCOLN has been in the theaters for over a week and it has been getting well deserved rave reviews.
If people really pay attention to the movie, they may learn a few things. I do doubt the masses will come away with an introspective view on our current society.
The movie is centered around the passage of the 13th amendment to abolish slavery.
If people paid attention they would find that republicans unanimously voted for the amendment. The trick was convincing or even bribing 20 democrats to vote for the amendment.
One hundred years after the 13th amendment was passed the republicans again voted for the equality of the black community with the civil rights bill. Democrats were almost unanimously opposed to it. So how is it the republicans are thought of as being racists? The reality and history does not support it.
There were a number of things I learned from the movie:
- Francis Blair told President Lincoln, “I formed the republican party to be a conservative party”. Somebody might what to bring that up to the establishment republicans, to include John Boehner.
- Francis Blair was also quoted as saying “when have you ever seen the republicans agree on something unanimously?” I guess some things never change. It’s been moderates vs. conservatives since the inception of the GOP, but do refer back to #1.
- We need an outspoken congressman the likes of Thaddeus Stevens (played by Tommy Lee Jones). Stevens did not suffer fools well and thought nothing of calling the democrats brainless twits and an abomination from God (the later in response to a democrat referring to black people as an abomination). The republicans had a perfect match to Thaddeus Stevens, a match Stevens probably took great pride in….Allen West! West had to fight the lying, demagoguing democrats and the establishment republicans for his redistricted seat, then unfortunately, lost his seat. How truly sad that is.
- Thousands of men both white and black gave their lives for the idea of freedom for those caught in slavery during the Civil War. Today 96% of the black community voluntarily voted for government sponsored welfare, another form of slavery. Nearly every afro-american voted for a President who has ushered in rampant unemployment in the black community (this became a problem under Obama, not Bush), record food stamp enrollment and disability claims. Whether they directly voted for it (I want my Obama phone!!) or indirectly voted for it, nearly every afro-american voted for government slavery.
The election loss has brought a lot of hand wringing and blaming from the republicans and a resolve from the democrats to identify the republicans as religious zealots and fools who discard science.
Democrats are now painting the choices as the “science party” vs the “wacko religious party”. Worse yet we have republicans trying to distance themselves from this perception, with quotes such as “we have to be the party that accepts science”, as if it’s rejected all together.
It is fine to accept science and it has it’s place, but I will warn both weak kneed, yellow republicans and democrats, that if you want to paint the choices as between science and morality (the reality of crazy religious people), it would be wise to choose morality. Let’s go back to the movie “Lincoln”. The republicans were the moral party, seeing all men regardless of color, as created equally by God. Juxtaposed to that was the democrat party who used science to suggest that the black man is not equal to the white man.
Science changes with the times, because of technology and political persuasions. Global warming is a good example: It is said that ALL scientists agree on man-made global warming, when nothing could be further from the truth. Some scientists have been saying the warming period ended 16 years ago, others say the warming can not be blamed on man for anything but a minor portion of the change. Political persuasions are driving this “science”, so should we put ALL our faith in science? Morality is universal and unchanging. Why? Because a perfect God has laid down the natural laws for man to follow. How can an imperfect science performed by imperfect men compare with a perfect God?
What does a moral person do about global warming? Whether a moral person believes in global warming or not, we know God has entrusted to care of the earth to man, as well as giving us the fruits of the earth to make life better. We should be good stewart’s of the earth, but the enjoy what God has given us within the earth to make life better and prosper. That means recycling, not wasting resources we are using, be wise with the use of the gifts given us, but not put our lives in danger to stop a event that has very little to do with us. CAFE standards on cars serve only to make cars more dangerous and expensive. If a person wants to purchase a tin can with wheels (smart cars), they should be allowed to do so and have that choice. At least if they wreck we only need a simple kitchen can opener as opposed to the jaws-of-life to extricate the crushed, broken body. I like SUV’s and muscle cars (that get decent gas mileage, I like my money too). I should be allowed to have my choice as well. Current Obama CAFE standards would effectively take my choice away.
Republicans should see the movie “Lincoln” and learn from it. The republicans should not be ashamed of what they are and should be proud of their history. Also remember “The republican party was created to be CONSERVATIVE”.