Did Lincoln Free the Slaves?

Any honest person knows the answer to the subject line is no.

But that hasn’t stopped “conservatives” from insisting the opposite.

This is a curious phenomenon tied directly to the “proposition nation” myth of America history.

Lincoln proclaimed that he was fighting for government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” in order to maintain the proposition that all men are created equal.

Even Thad Stevens, the “Great Commoner”, argued that Lincoln didn’t free a single slave.

So why do conservatives continue to peddle in this lie? They think it deflects the charge of racism and frees them from being tainted by evil men like John C. Calhoun.

This is why Harry Jaffa argued that equality was in fact “conservative.”

Now, granted, these conservatives are not promoting the “idea of equality” that ministers from the Church of Woke ram down our throats, but they opened a Pandora’s box by even partly siding with these dopes.

Equality naturally leads to “equity” and all of the Marxist-Leninist misery that follows.

“Conserving” nineteenth-century leftist claptrap is not really conservative.

Disney released a kids show recently that had the nerve to argue that Lincoln did not free the slaves. This was the one thing this woke abomination stated correctly.

Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation did not free a single slave. Yes, slaves would abandon the plantation as the Union army moved through an area, but they quickly found out that refugee camps weren’t really bastions of freedom. They were selection camps designed to pick the most able-bodied people to dig ditches and fortifications.

The rest were left to get sick and die.

Of course, many slaves stayed on the plantations even with Union soldiers in the area and refused to work. They didn’t want any money. They weren’t Yankees, and Yankee work patterns did not neatly fit with Southern paternalism.

These truths make self-righteous “conservatives” uncomfortable. It’s really hilarious if you think about it.

The proposition nation Girondins cannot understand why their ungrateful woke subjects are lining up the guillotines for them, too.

In the end, no apostate is safe.

I discuss Lincoln and emancipation on Episode 777 of The Brion McClanahan Show.

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