Abraham Lincoln would be spinning in his grave over the political party that bears his name
At one point during the Republican National Convention and the official anointing of Donald J. Trump as that once-proud party’s standard bearer, television cameras caught something I thought I’d never see, and hope never to see again.
When a woman protester unfurled a banner that read, “No Racism. No Hate,” Republican operatives moved in, attempting to cover the banner with the American flag. Another person attempted to snatch the banner out of the woman’s hand:
Oh, Party of Lincoln, how far have you fallen!
Even though I am not a Republican (perhaps ESPECIALLY because I am not a Republican), I feel deep shame as I watch the GOP brownshirts close in. That’s MY flag they’re using to try and extinguish a protester’s right to free speech. That’s MY flag they’re using to try and stamp out a message promulgated by President Abraham Lincoln when he opened the Gettysburg Address by saying:
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.”
For those on whom the symbolism is lost, I suppose it’s too late for you. For the rest of you who love your country, and who love its citizens no matter their color or sexual orientation, then do something about it!
The political party that would squash free speech with the American flag, and feels that a condemnation of racism and hate is inappropriate for its convention, is a political party that must not be allowed into the White House, and should be purged from the halls of Congress.
As an American, I am frightened and appalled. As an American, you should be, too.