Confederates cost Democrats votes

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Extremists in the Democratic Party, by opposing Confederate Heritage, have driven the rural white voter to the Republican Party.

Kay Ivey won this vote with her solid pro-Confederate response when the Associated Press made an election issue of Jim Folsom’s removal of the Confederate Flag from the Capitol.

Democrats could regain this vote and reduce strife between blacks and whites, if they demanded the war over slavery lie in Gov. Riley’s Confederate History Proclamation be replaced with the following historical truth:

Abraham Lincoln said in his First Inaugural Speech:

“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.”

“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.”

In his Message to Congress on July 4, 1861, Lincoln again declared:  “My policy sought only to hold the public places and property, not already wrested from the Government, and to collect the revenue.”

Even the Emancipation Proclamation enacted half way through Lincoln’s Tax War, exempted slaves in the North from being freed, like U. S. Grant’s four slaves he owned the entire War.  It also gave Southern States three months to return to the Union and keep their slaves, if they returned.  None did.

Roger K. Broxton