A sesquicentennial is a really big deal! A century and a half ago, something happened that affects us today. So why was the abolition of slavery in the United States (if that isn´t a big deal, what is?) worthy of almost no attention when it marked its sesquicentennial on January first, 2013? (snip) President Obama is a media glutton, yet he had no words of praise commemorating this great day. Perhaps he felt that the USPS had done enough, issuing a commemorative postage stamp.
Celebrating it would remind the Left, and black people that it was the REPUBLICANS who ENDED slavery and the Democrats who DEFENDED slavery. The "narrative" must NOT be damaged.........Stevens, Smith, Doherty & Woods were sacrificed to preserve the ´narrative´.
Obama hasn´t done anything to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of The Civil War. And I use to admire the Union troops for their sacrifices but now, well, a what a buch of chumps. Besides, Obama´s only ties to slavery are through his white mother´s family owning slaves.
I know! I know! (waving hand wildly) They don´t want you to know that slavery is over or you won´t be letting them continue with their incessant and ongoing reparations. Remember the slavery picture Zippy had installed at eye level right by the door to the Oval Office so everyone could think about SLAVERY as they entered the office.
It was a strange and meaningless proclamation. It freed the slaves in the country (the Confederacy) not under US control while protecting slavery in the states within the US. In other words, it did nothing.
Slavery was evil and needed to be abolished - no question about that. But up to the time of the proclamation, it was legal in the U.S.
Has anyone stopped to think what the implications of this action on the people who owned slaves? A slave cost (in todays dollars) about $20,000. When Lincoln "freed" them, he basically robbed law abiding citizens of some of their wealth. If someone had 5 slaves and needed them to farm and make a living for his family AND the slaves, legally, then that person would have lost ~$100,000 dollars of "property". I know it sounds bad is despicable by our standards, but there was no federal "buy back" program provided. The owners, again, being legal owners, were expected to take the financial hit all on their own.
This to me was a over-reach of the federal government. If you owned no slaves, then it cost you nothing. It was easy to pass such a proclamation if it didn´t impact you financially.
How much in actual health care could have been paid for with the taxpayer amounts currently being spent on developing websites for people to sign up for health insurance plans they aren´t happy with?. Consider Oregon. According to the most recent numbers from the Kaiser Foundation the average cost of one day of in patient hospital care in Oregon was $2,967. Oregon has 36 hospitals with a total of 5916 beds, $300 million in state and federal funds used for Oregon to build its website. would pay for 101,112 days of hospitalization - enough to fill every hospital bed in Oregon
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