This year’s election
"I don’t want Confederates to vote for my party of choice, I want my party of choice, as well as all opposition parties and Independents, to vote Confederate!" This is a line from a speech I have given on the necessity of us engaging in ISSUE politics. We should ask, as I do, every Republican candidate whether he or she is a Thomas Jefferson Republican or a Lincoln Republican(Jefferson’s party was the Democrat-Republican party, known by historians as Republican). Ask every Republican has he or she read Lincoln’s First Inaugural and if not, give
excerpts. Ask every Democrat if he or she is a Jefferson Davis Democrat or a modern Democrat. If we take the charge of Steve D. Lee serious, and we should, we need to let them know what it takes for our support. They are asking us for the job.
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EXCERPTS FROM LINCOLN’S FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS
Apprehension seems to exist among the people of the Southern States that by the accession of a Republican Administration their property and their peace and personal security are to be endangered. There has never been
any reasonable cause for such apprehension. Indeed, the most ample evidence to the contrary has all the while existed and been open to their inspection. It is found in nearly all the published speeches of him who now addresses you. I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that—
I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.
In doing this there needs to be no bloodshed or violence, and there shall be none unless it be forced upon the national authority. The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy, and possess the property and places belonging to the Government and to collect the duties and imposts; but beyond what may be necessary for these objects, there will be no invasion, no using of force against or among the people anywhere.
I understand a proposed amendment to the Constitution—which amendment, however, I have not seen—has passed Congress, to the effect that the Federal Government shall never interfere with the domestic institutions
of the States, including that of persons held to service. To avoid misconstruction of what I have said, I depart from my purpose not to speak of particular amendments so far as to say that, holding such a provision to now be implied constitutional law, I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable. * See at end
* Corwin Amendment referred to by Lincoln in his speech.
No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.