This Week in History: Republican Party Abolishes Slavery


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Good for Grand Old Partisan for remembering this historic anniversary. On December 6, 1865 the Republican Party abolished slavery. Grand Old Partisan reported:

On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment — abolishing slavery — became 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.

All Republicans in Congress voted for the 13th Amendment, while nearly all Democrats voted against it. So strongly did President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL) support the 13th Amendment, he signed the document, though presidential approval is not part of the amendment process.

Yes, outlawing slavery was a Republican achievement.

A Convention of States: Is it Time?

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by Susan Knowles

There is a buzz going around about the need for a Convention of States.  It is time, some declare, to put an end to the overreaching of the federal government that we continue to see almost daily from this Administration and Congress.

Who started the buzz?  Mainly author Mark Levin who proposes the idea of a Convention of States in his new book, The Liberty Amendments. He contends that Article V of the U.S. Constitution may hold the key for American citizens to save the Republic.  Article V reads as follows:

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Obama Stars in The No-Name Law That Sank His Party

American Thinker

When  the Pelosi-Reid-Obama troika triumphantly celebrated cramming through the ACA  (Affordable Care Act) over majority sentiment, they crowed that this was the  president’s signature achievement and ACA soon took on the name of its creator,  ObamaCare. Though not one of them, nor any of the Democrats in the Senate who  voted it into law uni-partisanly had read it, they all assured us that we’d grow  to really, really like it. Boy, were they wrong.

We’ve  paid almost a billion dollars to a Canadian firm whose vice-president is a  college buddy of Michelle Obama’s from their black radical days at Princeton to  create a webpage to enroll people mandated by this law to do so, Obama having  turned down the U.S. firm IBM’s offer to create it for  free. It doesn’t work. Moreover, the continuing problems with this  webpage — and law — are so substantial and intractable that the White  House propaganda machine has stopped referring to it as ObamaCare or even the  Affordable Care Act. Everyone now knows that for most people, the plan loaded  with mandated coverage to curry favors with privileged tranches of voters like  college girls who want free contraceptives and abortion coverage and to permit  anyone to sign up after they found out they need costly care, not  before, is far more expensive than what they were previously paying for medical  insurance. It’s some kind of no-name thing. Either that or, to be an honest  descriptor, we could call it the UFA (Unaffordable Care Act). Under any name  it’s dramatically swamping the president and his party’s standing among  voters.

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SC Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Nelson Mandela

Free Republic

The American flag that flies over the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office will be raised high tonight despite an order by President Barack Obama that flags across the country be lowered to half-staff to honor the death of iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Sheriff Rick Clark told The Greenville News that he has ordered the flag be raised at the end of today because he said the honor of lowering flags to half-staff should be reserved for Americans.

“The flag at half-staff is for Americans’ ultimate sacrifice for our country,” Clark said. “We should never stray away from that.”

The flag has flown at half-staff and will continue to during daylight hours today in honor of a Low country law enforcement officer who was killed and in honor of Pearl Harbor Day, Clark said.

However, come tonight, the flag will be raised, he said.

On Thursday, Obama ordered that flags be flown at half-staff on public grounds until sunset Monday.

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ATF Agent Dodson: No One Held Accountable for ‘Fast and Furious’


John Dodson, the federal agent who blew the whistle on the controversial “Fast  and Furious” weapons scheme, says he is still hanging onto his job — by a  thread.
“It was such an atrocious program, it was so misguided, idiotic,  maybe even they can have a hard time justifying or finding a reason to be able  to terminate me over bringing to light the faults with the program,” Dodson told  “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
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Dodson is the author of “The  Unarmed Truth: My Fight to Blow the Whistle and Expose Fast and  Furious,” which chronicles how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and  Firearms allowed weapons from the United States to pass into the hands of gun  smugglers so they could be traced to Mexican drug cartels.
That  resulted in an orgy of violence that could be traced back to those  weapons.
“We knew that these straw purchasers were buying these firearms  15, 20, 25 a day from the same dealer, and we knew that these weapons were going  to be trafficked nearly immediately to some of the most violent criminal  organizations that this part of the world’s ever seen, and yet we did nothing to  stop it,” Dodson, an ATF agent, said Wednesday.
“Nobody’s ever explained  where this started from, who thought this was a good idea, and how no one’s been  held accountable for it.”
Dodson said a number of agents involved in  “Fast and Furious” have been punished for blowing the whistle on the ill-fated  project.
“There were several other agents that stood up as well, not as  high-profile as I did, but they put just as much on the line, had as much skin  in the game as I did,” he said.


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