GP: “150 Years Ago Today Republicans Freed The Slaves”


Gateway Pundit notes that Republican Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Wikipedia describes it thus:

The Emancipation Proclamation is an order issued to all segments of the Executive branch (including the Army and Navy) of the United States by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War. It was based on the president’s constitutional authority as commander in chief of the armed forces; it was not a law passed by Congress. It proclaimed all those enslaved in Confederate territory to be forever free, and ordered the Army (and all segments of the Executive branch) to treat as free all those enslaved in ten states that were still in rebellion, thus applying to 3.1 million of the 4 million slaves in the U.S.”

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5 Responses to GP: “150 Years Ago Today Republicans Freed The Slaves”

  1. Ray Davies says:

    I suggest you read The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War, Page 59 on the emancapation Proccamation. The order was from the president of the United States to the people and the slaves of an occupied country, (The Confederate States of America). Until the war was over it was not binding. It would be like us ordering the liberation of women in Iran now. Not really a legal document when it was issued in 1863 and did not free any slaves at the time.The US expected the slaves to rise up agaist their masters (most women at that time)the men were off to war)) and it didn’t happen.

  2. notamobster says:

    While we could argue (and have) the merits of both sides of the Civil War, the fact still remains that the proclamation was made on this day.

    As for the claims of an “occupied country”… I can say that I am a sovereign nation unto myself and conduct myself in a manner befitting the actions of a sovereign nation.

    The fact remains (objectively) that the larger, more powerful entity (in this case the United States) would use their monopoly on force to put me in my place. All of my declarations to the contrary would not change the fact that I am still a part of the United States and their rules apply, because they can force me to see it their way.

    Put another way, the 13 colonies were not a nation, regardless of their declaration of independence, until they won said independence through blood. During the period of the first war for independence, they were still British subjects. It wasn’t until after the facts were settled, that they were able to claim independence from 04Jul76. Had they lost, history would not show them as an independent nation during those years.

    The confederacy, during the civil war, was not an independent nation. They were an insurrectionary force. They didn’t win. Thus, all of the proclamations of nationhood in the world, don’t make it so. They mean nothing in the lens of history.

    The CSA was a name of a rebel group, not a country, because they didn’t win.

    • notamobster says:

      My above reply should not be construed to detract from the right of states to decide to opt out – or from the absolute moral imperative of free association and by extension, secession.

      I support state’s rights whole-heartedly, but simply saying that you are a separate country doesn’t make it so.

      • Ray Davies says:

        You must remember that it was the north who invaded the south. And, by in large it was not a civil war, because the South was not interested in the Norths government,

  3. messup says:

    “Honest Abe” set us down this disasterous path of Executivve Orders by signing the very first one into existence.