(Vermont History)
On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendmentabolishing slaverybecame part of the Constitution — when ratified by three-quarters of the states. Despite protests from the Democrats, the Republican Party made banning slavery part of its national platform in 1864. Senator Lyman Trumbull (R-IL) wrote the final version of the text, combining the proposed wordings of several other Republican congressmen.




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  1. dem policies have pretty much remove personal responsibility from peoples lives. without a government agency available to clear up whatever mess someone finds themselves because [in many case] irresponsible behavior…….someone’s life style choices may not be your business but in the end you’ll be expected to pick up the pieces. dysfunctional family settings producing more dysfunctional society members – families finding that “beating” the system is more important than education and hard work.

  2. a war on poverty lasting 50 odd years and still no exit strategy. maybe because so many folks make a living off it.

  3. Black people are [still] enslaved by the lucrative criminal enterprise
    known as the Democrat Party. They’re just too ignorant to realize it.

    Who do you think keeps them on drugs? Who do you think are their
    landlords? Who do you think keeps them dependent on government?
    Who do you think pays their overseers to keep them ignorant and
    blind, Judas Goats like Al Shapton, Jesse Jackson and Rev. Wright?

  4. ++

    Black Slave Owners


    [According to federal census reports, on June 1, 1860 there were nearly 4.5 million Negroes in the United States, with fewer than four million of them living in the southern slaveholding states. Of the blacks residing in the South, 261,988 were not slaves. Of this number, 10,689 lived in New Orleans. The country's leading African American historian, Duke University professor John Hope Franklin, records that in New Orleans over 3,000 free Negroes owned slaves, or 28 percent of the free Negroes in that city.

    To return to the census figures quoted above, this 28 percent is certainly impressive when compared to less than 1.4 percent of all American whites and less than 4.8 percent of southern whites. The statistics show that, when free, blacks disproportionately became slave masters.]

    More Buried History: Black Slave Owners in the US


    [In many instances, free black slave owners shared a similar view of slavery with their white counterparts. Slave owners of both races occasionally manumitted a trusted servant and in the same moment requested the sale of another slave. The act of freeing one or several slaves while others remained in bondage did not constitute a firm commitment against slavery, but a personal view which acknowledged that some slaves, through merit or hard work, deserved their freedom, while others were destined to be slaves until death.]

    The Truth May Inconvenience Our Perceptions

    [Indeed, I have a videotape of black historian, Dr. Edward Smith of American University in Washington D.C., in which he points out that at least 90,000 blacks served under arms in the Confederate armies. This long ignored, or silently suppressed fact is only now beginning to reach the public where it can help to alter our perceptions of the realities which existed in the Old South. It might be worth noting that in the Southern armies, black and white men were not segregated as they were in the Northern armies. They fought side by side with fellow Southerners. In support of this fact, perhaps you are not aware that the first military monument in Washington D.C. honoring black soldiers is in Arlington National Cemetery near the Custis-Lee Mansion. Erected in 1914 by Moses Ezekial, a Jewish Confederate who wanted to correctly portray the racial realities in the Southern armies, it clearly shows a black soldier marching in step with his white comrades in arms. It further portrays the trust that existed between them by depicting a black woman receiving a white soldier’s child for protection as he is going off to war. Somehow, this Confederate monument is never pointed out on the usual tours that you’ll get up there. Does anyone think they might know why?


    We must come to understand that slavery can come in many forms and under many names. It may still be of a physical nature, best represented today perhaps by imprisonment. What kind of a society imprisons 2 million of its people? Is not media propaganda, government indoctrination of our school children, and mandatory sensitivity training a form of intellectual or mental slavery? Can’t we become slaves to our passions, our fears, or any series of misconceptions and falsehoods on which we act? Can we not be legislated into slavery, or simply taxed into it? If many blacks recoil in horror at the thought of tens of thousands of black Confederates fighting and dying under the Confederate Battle Flag 135 years ago, it may just show the extent of their indoctrination, their alienation with the past, and the magnitude of the challenge Southerners face in ending racial hostility.]


  5. “They’re just too ignorant to realize it.” human nature that extends to every color, creed, etc. some people are master manipulators and some are easily manipulated……. when being cool and with it beats out educated and motivated. something about free stuff.
    never look a gift horse in the mouth
    [According to the proverb, if one is given a horse as a gift, then that person should accept the gift without seeking a closer look, at least in front of the giver. After all, a gift is free; if the recipient did not pay for the horse, then why should he nitpick about its age, health or other features?]

  6. ++

    squeaky #26

    hmmm, was not the Trojan Horse a gift?? ;-)


  7. Compare Paul Johnson’s book on American History with Howard Zinn’s book on the same subject.

  8. One must suspect that, while exploiting and manipulating their flocks for their own self-aggrandizement, unscrupulous street hustlers like Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Wright nust assuage their consciences (if any) by believing that, if God didn’t want them to be sheared, He wouldn’t have made them sheep.

  9. It’s off topic, but on this day in 1941, also, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, beginning the biggest war in this country’s history.

    On the Bing home page, there is a picture of the Arizona Memorial. You might take a look at it and reflect on all of the fine Americans who lost their lives that day. It saddens one to look at that sobering picture.

  10. You know, if the liberal meme that all the racists went to the Republican party were true, then why, pray tell, do the Democrats celebrate Jefferson-Jackson day every year, when both men were — gasp — slaveholders? Were Jefferson and Jackson terrible racists, and if so, why do Democrats celebrate them annually as the founders of their party, instead of, say, Lincoln?

    No liberal has ever been able to answer this question.

  11. ++

    Are Republicans the real racists?

    [When the King family sought help with getting Dr. King out of a Birmingham jail, Richard Nixon did not respond because he knew that no individual Republican could have any control over the actions of the racist Democrats in the South. Kennedy's civil rights advisor, Harris Wofford who was a personal friend of Dr. King, made a telephone call on behalf of President Kennedy without Kennedy's knowledge that resulted in Dr. King's release. Kennedy was angry about the call because he feared that he would lose the Southern vote. History shows, though, that the call By Wofford eventually worked in Kennedy's favor and is the primary reason so many blacks wrongly revere Kennedy today.

    In the arsenal of the Democrats is a condemnation of Republican President Richard Nixon for his so-called "Southern Strategy." These same Democrats expressed no concern when the racially segregated South voted solidly for Democrats for over 100 years, yet unfairly deride Republicans because of the thirty-year odyssey of the South switching to the Republican Party that began in the 1970's. Nixon's "Southern Strategy" was an effort on his part to get fair-minded people in the South to stop voting for Democrats who did not share their values and were discriminating against blacks. Georgia did not switch until 2004, and Louisiana was controlled by Democrats until the election of Republican Governor Bobby Jindal in 2007. ]

    Were all of America’s Founding Fathers
    racists, pro-slavery, and hypocrites?

    [One of the most frequent tactics employed to discredit America’s Founding Fathers is to say that the Founding Fathers were all pro-slavery racists and hypocrites. Therefore, why should we care what their views were on any subject? African-American professor Walter Williams wisely explained the use of this tactic in these words:

    “Politicians, news media, college professors and leftists of other stripes are selling us lies and propaganda. To lay the groundwork for their increasingly successful attack on our Constitution, they must demean and criticize its authors. As Senator Joe Biden demonstrated during the Clarence Thomas hearings, the framers’ ideas about natural law must be trivialized or they must be seen as racists.”

    These people paint a false picture of the Founding Fathers and the issue of slavery. The historical fact is that slavery was not the product of, nor was it an evil introduced by the Founders; slavery was introduced in America nearly two centuries before the Founders. In fact, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay noted that there had been few serious efforts to dismantle the institution of slavery prior to the Founding Fathers.

    The Revolution was a turning point in the national attitude against slavery – and it was the Founders who contributed greatly to that change. In fact, one of the reasons given by Thomas Jefferson for the separation from Great Britain was a desire to rid America of the evil of slavery imposed on them by the British.


    In fact, based in part on the efforts of these Founders, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts abolished slavery in 1780; Connecticut and Rhode Island did so in 1784; New Hampshire in 1792; Vermont in 1793; New York in 1799; and New Jersey in 1804. Furthermore, the reason that the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa all prohibited slavery was a federal act authored by Rufus King (signer of the Constitution) and signed into law by President George Washington which prohibited slavery in those territories.]


  12. ++

    re: #15

    [..today is also ‘A date which will live in infamy’]

    re: #30

    [..on this day in 1941, also, the Japanese bombed Pearl
    Harbor, beginning the biggest war in this country’s history.]


    :D [i can hear the trolls clapping from here..
    perhaps a few so called conservatives too..]


  13. Once again, bg, I bow to your web-fu.

    My rant was just a rant, and you’ve provided the necessary backup, links galore, as usual.

    Nice. :)

  14. …and you BETTER not quit this site.

    I may have to stalk you, if you do that.


  15. ++

    Taqiyyotomist / Taqiyy.

    oh but was it ever one of the a greatest rants ever!! :D

    re: [The (D)s, along with Malcom X, in his earlier
    years, successfully RE-M’Fing-ENSLAVED THE BLACKS.]

    why Malcolm was assassinated:

    “For 12 long years I lived within the narrow-minded confines of the ‘straitjacket world’ created by my strong belief that Elijah Muhammad was a messenger direct from God Himself, and my faith in what I now see to be a pseudo-religious philosophy that he preaches…. I shall never rest until I have undone the harm I did to so many well-meaning, innocent Negroes who through my own evangelistic zeal now believe in him even more fanatically and more blindly than I did.”

    Malcolm X

    to be continued due to linkage..


  16. ++

    same goes for this and this, not to mention the
    poligious Islam, strange /not/ coinkydink huh..


  17. For those of you who are not familiar with US history. The 1865 Republicans were NOT the “GOP” of today, but were literally ‘of the Republic”. They were the direct predecessors of the Democratic Party and if you research their dogmas, you will find that they were very far indeed in philosophy from the current day Republican Party. Try not to be stupid, and learn to read.

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