Letter: No Longer the Party of Lincoln
To the Editor:
Marcella Logue’s letter (“He’s No Lincoln,” April 21), implying that today’s Republican Party is one and the same as the party of Lincoln, denies historical fact. The pro-slavery Democrats of the 1860s came primarily from the South and are now the red-state right wing of the GOP. That would be the 2012 voter-suppression GOP.
To ignore this 100-year role reversal in American politics, culminated by the 1965 signing of the Voting Rights Act by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a Southern Democrat, is delusional. What followed the passing of this law was the en masse abandonment of the Democratic Party by white Southern politicians outraged by a law that nullified the Jim Crow laws used to deny blacks the vote in the South. These Dixiecrats became the Republicans of today’s South.
Some awareness of American history most likely would have affected Logue’s perspective while viewing the film Lincoln.