AlternativeVoice wrote:First of all, your need to learn some history, son. The Republican Party was FOUNDED by abolitionists. Their whole platform in 1856 and 1860 was anti-slavery, as they barely even had any positions on any other issues. To say that Lincoln wasn't anti-slavery is preposterous,...
He didn't fight the Civil War to free the slaves initially, he only wanted to preserve the Union. Anyone who knows their history knows that he only came to adopt the slavery issue later. Read a book about it - Doris Kearns Goodwin has written about him.
The Republican Party only wanted to keep slavery from spreading into non-slavery states, they didn't want to abolish it. If the south hadn't attacked the north, it may not have become an issue.
On the other hand, his wife Mary was adamant that slaves should all be freed. She may have influenced his decision.
Lincoln wrote, "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that...I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty; and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free."
Alternative Voice wrote: the Republican Party was the one forcing through civil rights legislation during the 1960s,
It was Kennedy and the Democrats who forced the south to integrate and sent in the federal troops to protect Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists.
Actually, you are somewhat misinformed here. First of all, the Republican Party was founded to abolish slavery. Heck, even most Democrats weren't trying to expand slavery. They were just trying to keep it from being banned. If all it took was a President who opposed the spread of slavery to start a Civil War, the war would have started long before 1861.
As for Lincoln not wanting to eliminate slavery, that is again false. He put saving the nation above eliminating slavery, and therefore was willing to keep slavery for the time being if it meant saving the nation. But that didn't mean that he didn't want to ban slavery throughout the nation, but simply that he was prioritizing.
And as for your final comment, while it's true that John Kennedy fought for integration, the rest of your statement is incorrect. Republicans were the ones behind the civil rights legislation, and the segregationalists in the south were almost exclusively Democrats. The vast majority of southern blacks were Republicans for that reason.
In fact, there is a very interesting Lyndon B Johnson quote that is widely misunderstood today. After signing the civil rights acts that guaranteed all southern blacks the right to vote (i.e. the end of Jim Crow laws), he was approached by Bill Moyers, who at the time was the White House Press Secretary, I believe. Anyway, Moyers was surprised to see Johnson looking somewhat sad, and asked why he wasn't so happy that blacks would now all have the right to vote. And Johnson said, and I quote: "Bill, I've just handed the South to the Republicans for fifty years, certainly for the rest of our life times."
Many people today misunderstand that quote because they view it from the lens of 2008, where blacks vote 90%+ for Democrats, and they view it as LBJ saying that racist whites would flee to the Republican Party. But in fact, southern whites voted heavily DEMOCRATIC in the 1960s, and it was the southern blacks that voted overwhelmingly Republican. LBJ figured that once all of these Republican blacks were allowed to vote that no southern white democrats would be able to win elections anymore.