I dedicate this blog to the founder of our Grand Old Party:
It is ironic that Lincoln attempted to prevent the dissolution of the Union by supplying an answer to The Slavery Question he suggested was “conservative”, yet when faced with Civil War he was forced to impose the very same reforms his campaign denied planning. Over time, the direction of the rhetoric has shifted somewhat, but the substance of the debate is much the same: one party seeks to expand its control over a failed paradigm, while the other seeks to renew and revitalize the Nation’s commitment to its founding principles. Yet today’s debate is so convoluted and confusing, the American voter must ask, “which is which?”
But you say you are conservative — eminently conservative — while we are revolutionary, destructive, or something of the sort. What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried? We stick to, contend for, the identical old policy on the point in controversy which was adopted by our fathers who framed the Government under which we live; while you with one accord reject, and scout, and spit upon that old policy, and insist upon substituting something new. True, you disagree among yourselves as to what that substitute shall be. You have considerable variety of new propositions and plans, but you are unanimous in rejecting and denouncing the old policy of the fathers…. Not one of all your various plans can show a precedent or an advocate in the century within which our Government originated. And yet you draw yourselves up and say “We are eminently conservative!” – Abraham Lincoln, in a speech at New Haven, Connecticut, March 6, 1860
Do not become disoriented by the harangue levelled against the GOP by the Jacksonians and their Cult of Personality. We were the Conservatives of Reagan’s Revolution, the Progressives of TR’s Bull Moose, and we are still Radicals trying to set free an oppressed people.
Accepting the derisive nickname the Southern Democrats gave our greatest president, call me The Black Republican.