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Old 19 September 2013, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Jzyehoshua View Post
Lincoln like other Republicans of his time was clearly opposed to slavery. I think the attempt to brand him as supportive of 'white supremacist attitudes' is a recent effort to diminish over a century's worth of Republican support for civil rights.
The Republican and Democratic parties basically switched places on the conservative - liberal spectrum (to the extent that there is actually a coherent conservative-liberal spectrum) over the course of the 20th century. Yes, in the 1860's the Republicans were the party of civil rights, and the party that wanted radical change. That doesn't mean that the party of the same name in the late 20th or early 21st century can ride on the coattails of that forever while behaving differently.
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