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The leftist mob of entitled Vandals, and the would be vanguard of the proletariate, are not angered by Abraham Lincoln’s human imperfections, nor by a statue of him and a black slave seeking freedom. What infuriates the radical leftist Eleanor Holmes Norton is the full expression, the defense of Lincoln and America, by Frederick Douglass, and the vote with their dollars of many freedmen and women, who commissioned and paid for the statue she and her Marxist comrades despise. She lies by half-truth, asserting that Frederick Douglass disapproved of Lincoln and the statue in his speech at its dedication. Read the truth for yourself below.

Eleanor Holmes Norton is the unaccountable beneficiary of bipartisan Congressional largesse in the made up position of non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives, where she styles herself a congresswoman. Her life-long mission is to bring about permanent one party rule by the left through rigging our electoral system by District of Columbia statehood, with its attendant two senators. She can read the whole of Frederick Douglass’s thoughts, as can all the real members of Congress and the party stenographers posing as journalists. Doing so, sadly, just stokes leftist rage, as the words and thoughts are against perpetuating grievance and division, tools necessary to leftist victory and dictatorship.

See Frederick Douglass’s oration in full below. The Library of Congress presents Douglass’s oration online, so you may check the words if you like. This was the first statue to Lincoln. The much larger Lincoln Memorial was constructed in the form of a secular temple between 1913 and 1922. Frederick Douglass made a point of emphasizing that it was newly free black American citizens who were first to honor the martyred president, and he got in a dig at white Americans who might someday get around to a grander memorial.

The slave depicted in the supposedly offensive statue started as a generic symbol, but that was rejected by the black Americans who were paying for it. Instead we see Archer Alexander, an actual black man, the last one captured under the Fugitive Slave Act. The people who paid for the statue followed the initiative of a black woman, who used her first five dollars earned as a freedwoman to start the fund. Charlotte Scott, of Virginia, started the ball rolling towards a real memorial in what was already labeled Lincoln Park.

Laid out in L’Enfant’s plan for Washington as a square to hold a monumental column from which point all distances on the continent would be measured, Lincoln Park was slow to develop, and, in fact, was used for years as a dumping ground. During the Civil War, it was the site of Lincoln Hospital, named after the President, and among the places visited by Walt Whitman, who made rounds to comfort the injured and dying soldiers. The name apparently stuck and, in 1867, Congress authorized it to be called Lincoln Square as a memorial to the martyred leader, the first site to bear his name.

Consecrating the place to Lincoln’s memory really took hold several years later, however, through the efforts begun shortly after the assassination by an African American woman named Charlotte Scott of Virginia. Using her first $5 earned in freedom, Scott kicked-off a fund raising campaign among freed blacks as a way of paying homage to the President who had issued the Emancipation Proclamation that liberated the slaves in the Confederate States. The campaign for the Freedmen’s Memorial Monument to Abraham Lincoln, as it was to be known, was not the only effort of the time to build a monument to Lincoln; however, as the only one soliciting contributions exclusively from those who had most directly benefited from Lincoln’s act of emancipation it had a special appeal.

On the occasion, Frederick Douglass did not pretend he had no differences with Lincoln. Indeed, the power of his speech comes from full honesty. Lincoln was, in Douglass’s estimation, flawed and yet exactly the man to successfully bring about the end of slavery. Here is the relevant passage:

I have said that President Lincoln was a white man, and shared the prejudices common to his countrymen towards the colored race. Looking back to his times and to the condition of his country, we are compelled to admit that this unfriendly feeling on his part may be safely set down as one element of his wonderful success in organizing the loyal American people for the tremendous conflict before them, and bringing them safely through that conflict. His great mission was to accomplish two things: first, to save his country from dismemberment and ruin; and, second, to free his country from the great crime of slavery. To do one or the other, or both, he must have the earnest sympathy and the powerful cooperation of his loyal fellow-countrymen. Without this primary and essential condition to success his efforts must have been vain and utterly fruitless. Had he put the abolition of slavery before the salvation of the Union, he would have inevitably driven from him a powerful class of the American people and rendered resistance to rebellion impossible. Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent; but measuring him by the sentiment of his country, a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to consult, he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined.

Though Mr. Lincoln shared the prejudices of his white fellow-countrymen against the Negro, it is hardly necessary to say that in his heart of hearts he loathed and hated slavery. The man who could say, “Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war shall soon pass away, yet if God wills it continue till all the wealth piled by two hundred years of bondage shall have been wasted, and each drop of blood drawn by the lash shall have been paid for by one drawn by the sword, the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether,” gives all needed proof of his feeling on the subject of slavery. He was willing, while the South was loyal, that it should have its pound of flesh, because he thought that it was so nominated in the bond; but farther than this no earthly power could make him go.

Fellow-citizens, whatever else in this world may be partial, unjust, and uncertain, time, time! is impartial, just, and certain in its action. In the realm of mind, as well as in the realm of matter, it is a great worker, and often works wonders. The honest and comprehensive statesman, clearly discerning the needs of his country, and earnestly endeavoring to do his whole duty, though covered and blistered with reproaches, may safely leave his course to the silent judgment of time. Few great public men have ever been the victims of fiercer denunciation than Abraham Lincoln was during his administration. He was often wounded in the house of his friends. Reproaches came thick and fast upon him from within and from without, and from opposite quarters. He was assailed by Abolitionists; he was assailed by slave-holders; he was assailed by the men who were for peace at any price; he was assailed by those who were for a more vigorous prosecution of the war; he was assailed for not making the war an abolition war; and he was bitterly assailed for making the war an abolition war.

But now behold the change: the judgment of the present hour is, that taking him for all in all, measuring the tremendous magnitude of the work before him, considering the necessary means to ends, and surveying the end from the beginning, infinite wisdom has seldom sent any man into the world better fitted for his mission than Abraham Lincoln.

Frederick Douglass’s words are worth reading in full today. They remind us what American patriots sound like. They point to the great hope of our constitutional republic. Emphasis and bracketed comment added.

Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln
Frederick Douglass | April 14, 1876

Delivered at the Unveiling of The Freedmen’s Monument in Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C.

Friends and Fellow-citizens:

I warmly congratulate you upon the highly interesting object which has caused you to assemble in such numbers and spirit as you have today. This occasion is in some respects remarkable. Wise and thoughtful men of our race, who shall come after us, and study the lesson of our history in the United States; who shall survey the long and dreary spaces over which we have traveled; who shall count the links in the great chain of events by which we have reached our present position, will make a note of this occasion; they will think of it and speak of it with a sense of manly pride and complacency.

I congratulate you, also, upon the very favorable circumstances in which we meet today. They are high, inspiring, and uncommon. They lend grace, glory, and significance to the object for which we have met. Nowhere else in this great country, with its uncounted towns and cities, unlimited wealth, and immeasurable territory extending from sea to sea, could conditions be found more favorable to the success of this occasion than here.

We stand today at the national center to perform something like a national act — an act which is to go into history; and we are here where every pulsation of the national heart can be heard, felt, and reciprocated. A thousand wires, fed with thought and winged with lightning, put us in instantaneous communication with the loyal and true men all over the country.

[This is a reference to the new fact of telegraph communication, communication faster than horseback or ship.]

Few facts could better illustrate the vast and wonderful change which has taken place in our condition as a people than the fact of our assembling here for the purpose we have today. Harmless, beautiful, proper, and praiseworthy as this demonstration is, I cannot forget that no such demonstration would have been tolerated here twenty years ago. The spirit of slavery and barbarism, which still lingers to blight and destroy in some dark and distant parts of our country, would have made our assembling here the signal and excuse for opening upon us all the flood-gates of wrath and violence. That we are here in peace today is a compliment and a credit to American civilization, and a prophecy of still greater national enlightenment and progress in the future. I refer to the past not in malice, for this is no day for malice; but simply to place more distinctly in front the gratifying and glorious change which has come both to our white fellow-citizens and ourselves, and to congratulate all upon the contrast between now and then; the new dispensation of freedom with its thousand blessings to both races, and the old dispensation of slavery with its ten thousand evils to both races — white and black. In view, then, of the past, the present, and the future, with the long and dark history of our bondage behind us, and with liberty, progress, and enlightenment before us, I again congratulate you upon this auspicious day and hour.

Friends and fellow-citizens, the story of our presence here is soon and easily told. We are here in the District of Columbia, here in the city of Washington, the most luminous point of American territory; a city recently transformed and made beautiful in its body and in its spirit; we are here in the place where the ablest and best men of the country are sent to devise the policy, enact the laws, and shape the destiny of the Republic; we are here, with the stately pillars and majestic dome of the Capitol of the nation looking down upon us; we are here, with the broad earth freshly adorned with the foliage and flowers of spring for our church, and all races, colors, and conditions of men for our congregation — in a word, we are here to express, as best we may, by appropriate forms and ceremonies, our grateful sense of the vast, high, and preeminent services rendered to ourselves, to our race, to our country, and to the whole world by Abraham Lincoln.

The sentiment that brings us here to-day is one of the noblest that can stir and thrill the human heart. It has crowned and made glorious the high places of all civilized nations with the grandest and most enduring works of art, designed to illustrate the characters and perpetuate the memories of great public men. It is the sentiment which from year to year adorns with fragrant and beautiful flowers the graves of our loyal, brave, and patriotic soldiers who fell in defense of the Union and liberty. It is the sentiment of gratitude and appreciation, which often, in the presence of many who hear me, has filled yonder heights of Arlington with the eloquence of eulogy and the sublime enthusiasm of poetry and song; a sentiment which can never die while the Republic lives.

For the first time in the history of our people, and in the history of the whole American people, we join in this high worship, and march conspicuously in the line of this time-honored custom. First things are always interesting, and this is one of our first things. It is the first time that, in this form and manner, we have sought to do honor to an American great man, however deserving and illustrious. I commend the fact to notice; let it be told in every part of the Republic; let men of all parties and opinions hear it; let those who despise us, not less than those who respect us, know that now and here, in the spirit of liberty, loyalty, and gratitude, let it be known everywhere, and by everybody who takes an interest in human progress and in the amelioration of the condition of mankind, that, in the presence and with the approval of the members of the American House of Representatives, reflecting the general sentiment of the country; that in the presence of that august body, the American Senate, representing the highest intelligence and the calmest judgment of the country; in the presence of the Supreme Court and Chief-Justice of the United States, to whose decisions we all patriotically bow; in the presence and under the steady eye of the honored and trusted President of the United States, with the members of his wise and patriotic Cabinet, we, the colored people, newly emancipated and rejoicing in our blood-bought freedom, near the close of the first century in the life of this Republic, have now and here unveiled, set apart, and dedicated a monument of enduring granite and bronze, in every line, feature, and figure of which the men of this generation may read, and those of aftercoming generations may read, something of the exalted character and great works of Abraham Lincoln, the first martyr President of the United States.

Fellow-citizens, in what we have said and done today, and in what we may say and do hereafter, we disclaim everything like arrogance and assumption. We claim for ourselves no superior devotion to the character, history, and memory of the illustrious name whose monument we have here dedicated today. We fully comprehend the relation of Abraham Lincoln both to ourselves and to the white people of the United States. Truth is proper and beautiful at all times and in all places, and it is never more proper and beautiful in any case than when speaking of a great public man whose example is likely to be commended for honor and imitation long after his departure to the solemn shades, the silent continents of eternity. It must be admitted, truth compels me to admit, even here in the presence of the monument we have erected to his memory, Abraham Lincoln was not, in the fullest sense of the word, either our man or our model. In his interests, in his associations, in his habits of thought, and in his prejudices, he was a white man.

He was preeminently the white man’s President, entirely devoted to the welfare of white men. He was ready and willing at any time during the first years of his administration to deny, postpone, and sacrifice the rights of humanity in the colored people to promote the welfare of the white people of this country. In all his education and feeling he was an American of the Americans. He came into the Presidential chair upon one principle alone, namely, opposition to the extension of slavery. His arguments in furtherance of this policy had their motive and mainspring in his patriotic devotion to the interests of his own race. To protect, defend, and perpetuate slavery in the states where it existed Abraham Lincoln was not less ready than any other President to draw the sword of the nation. He was ready to execute all the supposed guarantees of the United States Constitution in favor of the slave system anywhere inside the slave states. He was willing to pursue, recapture, and send back the fugitive slave to his master, and to suppress a slave rising for liberty, though his guilty master were already in arms against the Government. The race to which we belong were not the special objects of his consideration. Knowing this, I concede to you, my white fellow-citizens, a pre-eminence in this worship at once full and supreme. First, midst, and last, you and yours were the objects of his deepest affection and his most earnest solicitude. You are the children of Abraham Lincoln. We are at best only his step-children; children by adoption, children by forces of circumstances and necessity. To you it especially belongs to sound his praises, to preserve and perpetuate his memory, to multiply his statues, to hang his pictures high upon your walls, and commend his example, for to you he was a great and glorious friend and benefactor. Instead of supplanting you at his altar, we would exhort you to build high his monuments; let them be of the most costly material, of the most cunning workmanship; let their forms be symmetrical, beautiful, and perfect, let their bases be upon solid rocks, and their summits lean against the unchanging blue, overhanging sky, and let them endure forever! But while in the abundance of your wealth, and in the fullness of your just and patriotic devotion, you do all this, we entreat you to despise not the humble offering we this day unveil to view; for while Abraham Lincoln saved for you a country, he delivered us from a bondage, according to Jefferson, one hour of which was worse than ages of the oppression your fathers rose in rebellion to oppose.

Fellow-citizens, ours is no new-born zeal and devotion — merely a thing of this moment. The name of Abraham Lincoln was near and dear to our hearts in the darkest and most perilous hours of the Republic. We were no more ashamed of him when shrouded in clouds of darkness, of doubt, and defeat than when we saw him crowned with victory, honor, and glory. Our faith in him was often taxed and strained to the uttermost, but it never failed. When he tarried long in the mountain; when he strangely told us that we were the cause of the war; when he still more strangely told us that we were to leave the land in which we were born; when he refused to employ our arms in defense of the Union; when, after accepting our services as colored soldiers, he refused to retaliate our murder and torture as colored prisoners; when he told us he would save the Union if he could with slavery; when he revoked the Proclamation of Emancipation of General Fremont; when he refused to remove the popular commander of the Army of the Potomac, in the days of its inaction and defeat, who was more zealous in his efforts to protect slavery than to suppress rebellion; when we saw all this, and more, we were at times grieved, stunned, and greatly bewildered; but our hearts believed while they ached and bled. Nor was this, even at that time, a blind and unreasoning superstition. Despite the mist and haze that surrounded him; despite the tumult, the hurry, and confusion of the hour, we were able to take a comprehensive view of Abraham Lincoln, and to make reasonable allowance for the circumstances of his position. We saw him, measured him, and estimated him; not by stray utterances to injudicious and tedious delegations, who often tried his patience; not by isolated facts torn from their connection; not by any partial and imperfect glimpses, caught at inopportune moments; but by a broad survey, in the light of the stern logic of great events, and in view of that divinity which shapes our ends, rough hew them how we will, we came to the conclusion that the hour and the man of our redemption had somehow met in the person of Abraham Lincoln. It mattered little to us what language he might employ on special occasions; it mattered little to us, when we fully knew him, whether he was swift or slow in his movements; it was enough for us that Abraham Lincoln was at the head of a great movement, and was in living and earnest sympathy with that movement, which, in the nature of things, must go on until slavery should be utterly and forever abolished in the United States.

When, therefore, it shall be asked what we have to do with the memory of Abraham Lincoln, or what Abraham Lincoln had to do with us, the answer is ready, full, and complete. Though he loved Caesar less than Rome, though the Union was more to him than our freedom or our future, under his wise and beneficent rule we saw ourselves gradually lifted from the depths of slavery to the heights of liberty and manhood; under his wise and beneficent rule, and by measures approved and vigorously pressed by him, we saw that the handwriting of ages, in the form of prejudice and proscription, was rapidly fading away from the face of our whole country; under his rule, and in due time, about as soon after all as the country could tolerate the strange spectacle, we saw our brave sons and brothers laying off the rags of bondage, and being clothed all over in the blue uniforms of the soldiers of the United States; under his rule we saw two hundred thousand of our dark and dusky people responding to the call of Abraham Lincoln, and with muskets on their shoulders, and eagles on their buttons, timing their high footsteps to liberty and union under the national flag; under his rule we saw the independence of the black republic of Haiti, the special object of slave-holding aversion and horror, fully recognized, and her minister, a colored gentleman, duly received here in the city of Washington; under his rule we saw the internal slave-trade, which so long disgraced the nation, abolished, and slavery abolished in the District of Columbia; under his rule we saw for the first time the law enforced against the foreign slave trade, and the first slave-trader hanged like any other pirate or murderer; under his rule, assisted by the greatest captain of our age, and his inspiration, we saw the Confederate States, based upon the idea that our race must be slaves, and slaves forever, battered to pieces and scattered to the four winds; under his rule, and in the fullness of time, we saw Abraham Lincoln, after giving the slave-holders three months’ grace in which to save their hateful slave system, penning the immortal paper, which, though special in its language, was general in its principles and effect, making slavery forever impossible in the United States. Though we waited long, we saw all this and more.

Can any colored man, or any white man friendly to the freedom of all men, ever forget the night which followed the first day of January, 1863, when the world was to see if Abraham Lincoln would prove to be as good as his word? I shall never forget that memorable night, when in a distant city I waited and watched at a public meeting, with three thousand others not less anxious than myself, for the word of deliverance which we have heard read today. Nor shall I ever forget the outburst of joy and thanksgiving that rent the air when the lightning brought to us the emancipation proclamation. In that happy hour we forgot all delay, and forgot all tardiness, forgot that the President had bribed the rebels to lay down their arms by a promise to withhold the bolt which would smite the slave-system with destruction; and we were thenceforward willing to allow the President all the latitude of time, phraseology, and every honorable device that statesmanship might require for the achievement of a great and beneficent measure of liberty and progress.

Fellow-citizens, there is little necessity on this occasion to speak at length and critically of this great and good man, and of his high mission in the world. That ground has been fully occupied and completely covered both here and elsewhere. The whole field of fact and fancy has been gleaned and garnered. Any man can say things that are true of Abraham Lincoln, but no man can say anything that is new of Abraham Lincoln. His personal traits and public acts are better known to the American people than are those of any other man of his age. He was a mystery to no man who saw him and heard him. Though high in position, the humblest could approach him and feel at home in his presence. Though deep, he was transparent; though strong, he was gentle; though decided and pronounced in his convictions, he was tolerant towards those who differed from him, and patient under reproaches. Even those who only knew him through his public utterance obtained a tolerably clear idea of his character and personality. The image of the man went out with his words, and those who read them knew him.

I have said that President Lincoln was a white man, and shared the prejudices common to his countrymen towards the colored race. Looking back to his times and to the condition of his country, we are compelled to admit that this unfriendly feeling on his part may be safely set down as one element of his wonderful success in organizing the loyal American people for the tremendous conflict before them, and bringing them safely through that conflict. His great mission was to accomplish two things: first, to save his country from dismemberment and ruin; and, second, to free his country from the great crime of slavery. To do one or the other, or both, he must have the earnest sympathy and the powerful cooperation of his loyal fellow-countrymen. Without this primary and essential condition to success his efforts must have been vain and utterly fruitless. Had he put the abolition of slavery before the salvation of the Union, he would have inevitably driven from him a powerful class of the American people and rendered resistance to rebellion impossible. Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent; but measuring him by the sentiment of his country, a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to consult, he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined.

Though Mr. Lincoln shared the prejudices of his white fellow-countrymen against the Negro, it is hardly necessary to say that in his heart of hearts he loathed and hated slavery. The man who could say, “Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war shall soon pass away, yet if God wills it continue till all the wealth piled by two hundred years of bondage shall have been wasted, and each drop of blood drawn by the lash shall have been paid for by one drawn by the sword, the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether,” gives all needed proof of his feeling on the subject of slavery. He was willing, while the South was loyal, that it should have its pound of flesh, because he thought that it was so nominated in the bond; but farther than this no earthly power could make him go.

Fellow-citizens, whatever else in this world may be partial, unjust, and uncertain, time, time! is impartial, just, and certain in its action. In the realm of mind, as well as in the realm of matter, it is a great worker, and often works wonders. The honest and comprehensive statesman, clearly discerning the needs of his country, and earnestly endeavoring to do his whole duty, though covered and blistered with reproaches, may safely leave his course to the silent judgment of time. Few great public men have ever been the victims of fiercer denunciation than Abraham Lincoln was during his administration. He was often wounded in the house of his friends. Reproaches came thick and fast upon him from within and from without, and from opposite quarters. He was assailed by Abolitionists; he was assailed by slave-holders; he was assailed by the men who were for peace at any price; he was assailed by those who were for a more vigorous prosecution of the war; he was assailed for not making the war an abolition war; and he was bitterly assailed for making the war an abolition war.

But now behold the change: the judgment of the present hour is, that taking him for all in all, measuring the tremendous magnitude of the work before him, considering the necessary means to ends, and surveying the end from the beginning, infinite wisdom has seldom sent any man into the world better fitted for his mission than Abraham Lincoln. His birth, his training, and his natural endowments, both mental and physical, were strongly in his favor. Born and reared among the lowly, a stranger to wealth and luxury, compelled to grapple single-handed with the flintiest hardships of life, from tender youth to sturdy manhood, he grew strong in the manly and heroic qualities demanded by the great mission to which he was called by the votes of his countrymen. The hard condition of his early life, which would have depressed and broken down weaker men, only gave greater life, vigor, and buoyancy to the heroic spirit of Abraham Lincoln. He was ready for any kind and any quality of work. What other young men dreaded in the shape of toil, he took hold of with the utmost cheerfulness.

“A spade, a rake, a hoe,
A pick-axe, or a bill;
A hook to reap, a scythe to mow,
A flail, or what you will.”

All day long he could split heavy rails in the woods, and half the night long he could study his English Grammar by the uncertain flare and glare of the light made by a pine-knot. He was at home in the land with his axe, with his maul, with gluts, and his wedges; and he was equally at home on water, with his oars, with his poles, with his planks, and with his boat-hooks. And whether in his flat-boat on the Mississippi River, or at the fireside of his frontier cabin, he was a man of work. A son of toil himself, he was linked in brotherly sympathy with the sons of toil in every loyal part of the Republic. This very fact gave him tremendous power with the American people, and materially contributed not only to selecting him to the Presidency, but in sustaining his administration of the Government.

Upon his inauguration as President of the United States, an office, even when assumed under the most favorable condition, fitted to tax and strain the largest abilities, Abraham Lincoln was met by a tremendous crisis. He was called upon not merely to administer the Government, but to decide, in the face of terrible odds, the fate of the Republic.

A formidable rebellion rose in his path before him; the Union was already practically dissolved; his country was torn and rent asunder at the center. Hostile armies were already organized against the Republic, armed with the munitions of war which the Republic had provided for its own defense. The tremendous question for him to decide was whether his country should survive the crisis and flourish, or be dismembered and perish. His predecessor in office had already decided the question in favor of national dismemberment, by denying to it the right of self-defense and self-preservation — a right which belongs to the meanest insect.

Happily for the country, happily for you and for me, the judgment of James Buchanan, the patrician, was not the judgment of Abraham Lincoln, the plebeian. He brought his strong common sense, sharpened in the school of adversity, to bear upon the question. He did not hesitate, he did not doubt, he did not falter; but at once resolved that at whatever peril, at whatever cost, the union of the States should be preserved. A patriot himself, his faith was strong and unwavering in the patriotism of his countrymen. Timid men said before Mr. Lincoln’s inauguration, that we have seen the last President of the United States. A voice in influential quarters said, “Let the Union slide.” Some said that a Union maintained by the sword was worthless. Others said a rebellion of 8,000,000 cannot be suppressed; but in the midst of all this tumult and timidity, and against all this, Abraham Lincoln was clear in his duty, and had an oath in heaven. He calmly and bravely heard the voice of doubt and fear all around him; but he had an oath in heaven, and there was not power enough on earth to make this honest boatman, backwoodsman, and broad-handed splitter of rails evade or violate that sacred oath. He had not been schooled in the ethics of slavery; his plain life had favored his love of truth. He had not been taught that treason and perjury were the proof of honor and honesty. His moral training was against his saying one thing when he meant another. The trust that Abraham Lincoln had in himself and in the people was surprising and grand, but it was also enlightened and well founded. He knew the American people better than they knew themselves, and his truth was based upon this knowledge.

Fellow-citizens, the fourteenth day of April, 1865, of which this is the eleventh anniversary, is now and will ever remain a memorable day in the annals of this Republic. It was on the evening of this day, while a fierce and sanguinary rebellion was in the last stages of its desolating power; while its armies were broken and scattered before the invincible armies of Grant and Sherman; while a great nation, torn and rent by war, was already beginning to raise to the skies loud anthems of joy at the dawn of peace, it was startled, amazed, and overwhelmed by the crowning crime of slavery — the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It was a new crime, a pure act of malice. No purpose of the rebellion was to be served by it. It was the simple gratification of a hell-black spirit of revenge. But it has done good after all. It has filled the country with a deeper abhorrence of slavery and a deeper love for the great liberator.

Had Abraham Lincoln died from any of the numerous ills to which flesh is heir; had he reached that good old age of which his vigorous constitution and his temperate habits gave promise; had he been permitted to see the end of his great work; had the solemn curtain of death come down but gradually — we should still have been smitten with a heavy grief, and treasured his name lovingly. But dying as he did die, by the red hand of violence, killed, assassinated, taken off without warning, not because of personal hate — for no man who knew Abraham Lincoln could hate him — but because of his fidelity to union and liberty, he is doubly dear to us, and his memory will be precious forever.

Fellow-citizens, I end, as I began, with congratulations. We have done a good work for our race today. In doing honor to the memory of our friend and liberator, we have been doing highest honors to ourselves and those who come after us; we have been fastening ourselves to a name and fame imperishable and immortal; we have also been defending ourselves from a blighting scandal. When now it shall be said that the colored man is soulless, that he has no appreciation of benefits or benefactors; when the foul reproach of ingratitude is hurled at us, and it is attempted to scourge us beyond the range of human brotherhood, we may calmly point to the monument we have this day erected to the memory of Abraham Lincoln.

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  1. DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… Coolidge

    When these barbarians demonstrate that they won’t even accept Abraham Lincoln — a man who took this nation to war to abolish slavery — then they won’t accept any of us, ever. If they can’t be reconciled to Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves, they can’t be reconciled to anyone. So why bother?

    Or perhaps this was never about race, and instead about raw power politics and anti-Americanism.

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    • June 25, 2020, at 2:12 PM PDT
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  2. Bob Thompson Member

    DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… (View Comment):

    When these barbarians demonstrate that they won’t even accept Abraham Lincoln — a man who took this nation to war to abolish slavery — then they won’t accept any of us, ever. If they can’t be reconciled to Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves, they can’t be reconciled to anyone. So why bother?

    Or perhaps this was never about race, and instead about raw power politics and anti-Americanism.

    Well, the title of the post!

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    • June 25, 2020, at 2:37 PM PDT
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  3. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    I have always particularly liked this section of the Douglass speech because it highlighted how much he understood practical politics. A useful reminder for today.

    His great mission was to accomplish two things: first, to save his country from dismemberment and ruin; and, second, to free his country from the great crime of slavery. To do one or the other, or both, he must have the earnest sympathy and the powerful cooperation of his loyal fellow-countrymen. Without this primary and essential condition to success his efforts must have been vain and utterly fruitless. Had he put the abolition of slavery before the salvation of the Union, he would have inevitably driven from him a powerful class of the American people and rendered resistance to rebellion impossible. Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent; but measuring him by the sentiment of his country, a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to consult, he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined.

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  4. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    I have always particularly liked this section of the Douglass speech because it highlighted how much he understood practical politics. A useful reminder for today.

    His great mission was to accomplish two things: first, to save his country from dismemberment and ruin; and, second, to free his country from the great crime of slavery. To do one or the other, or both, he must have the earnest sympathy and the powerful cooperation of his loyal fellow-countrymen. Without this primary and essential condition to success his efforts must have been vain and utterly fruitless. Had he put the abolition of slavery before the salvation of the Union, he would have inevitably driven from him a powerful class of the American people and rendered resistance to rebellion impossible. Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent; but measuring him by the sentiment of his country, a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to consult, he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined.

    Lincoln got there, walking a tightrope the whole way.

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  5. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    The Media, which was formerly covering “peaceful protests,” has now turned off coverage like turning off a light.

    Obviously the secret polling was showing the riots turned off voters.

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  6. Henry Racette Contributor

    One need only read Lincoln’s letters to understand the depth and substance and decency of the man. Fortunately, the reality of the man will outlast any monument erected to him; the ignorant and braying masses can not, in the end, change history. They can only dishonor it.

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  7. MarciN Member

    I cannot thank you enough. What an inspiring and wonderful speech.

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  8. James Lileks Contributor

    The Constitution is the means by which revolutionaries gain power, so they can dispense with the Constitution. 

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  9. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    Over the past three years, whenever I mention my love for the US Constitution, my leftist friends would tell me it is antiquated and it needs to be re-written.

    Anyway, your tremendous insight and ability to express not only your insight but that of Lincoln and Frederick Douglas is inspiring.

    However the forces that we are up against are so antagonistic to the human spirit and the Divine Breath that gives all of us life, that so much of our lives are now nightmares.

    I have several legal matters pending, and upon finally finding a lawyer to handle one of them, I wrote out that he needed to add to our attorney client agreement the following:

    “I will keep my client fully informed in the event that the pandemic causes further delays in the court system, as well as keeping the client informed should civil unrest cause the city of Santa Rosa Calif to be shut down.”

    If I had seen that paragraph as being part of our legal agreement with one another in some frightening dream six months ago, I would have concluded that the world that paragraph concerned was some dystopian future nightmaring its way into my soul from watching the movie “The Terminator” too many times.

    And this is what we are up against:

     

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  10. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    The Media, which was formerly covering “peaceful protests,” has now turned off coverage like turning off a light.

    Obviously the secret polling was showing the riots turned off voters.

    That is hopeful. The dog that did not bark.

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  11. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown

    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    Over the past three years, whenever I mention my love for the US Constitution, my leftist friends would tell me it is antiquated and it needs to be re-written.

    Anyway, your tremendous insight and ability to express not only your insight but that of Lincoln and Frederick Douglas is inspiring.

    However the forces that we are up against are so antagonistic to the human spirit and the Divine Breath that gives all of us life, that so much of our lives are now nightmares.

    I have several legal matters pending, and upon finally finding a lawyer to handle one of them, I wrote out that he needed to add to our attorney client agreement the following:

    “I will keep my client fully informed in the event that the pandemic causes further delays in the court system, as well as keeping the client informed should civil unrest cause the city of Santa Rosa Calif to be shut down.”

    If I had seen that paragraph as being part of our legal agreement with one another in some frightening dream six months ago, I would have concluded that the world that paragraph concerned was some dystopian future nightmaring its way into my soul from watching the movie “The Terminator” too many times.

    And this is what we are up against:

     

    I can’t agree with the chart. We face not a grand conspiracy, but rather the late stages of a long, disciplined march through the institutions by leftists.

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  12. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    Cliff if you lived in California, I think you would be thinking differently.

    Every other day we are being handed new mandates. This is happening even as the CDC’s own Redfield confirmed just yesterday that all the new testing is uncovering that there are ten times the number of infected people. This means COVID has a fatality rate ten times less than what we have been told. Yet we are getting more and more mandates.

    As far as Bill Gates, what anyone who spends an hour on youtube finds out is easy to come by. Six weeks ago he was making the rounds of scads of morning talk shows, bragging about how there would be no return to normal life, but a future of “new normalcy” inside the coming “decade of vaccines.” Also how American people would need protection. (That is, continual surveillance, with guess who providing the technology!)

    He eagerly let the world know that the public would want and would need to be assessed continually, especially as to the status of our neighbors as to whether they had been infected yet or not, symptomatic or not, vaxxed or not. Around the same time period, Fauci is out there saying that the vaccine that will be released will be featuring nano technology. No one needs to read too deeply between the lines to realize this indicates RFID chips. (Articles in pharmaceutical journals a few years old also indicate that transistors can be small enough to be delivered via vaccine.)

    Then at the same time Gates was doing the TV shows, Bill Clinton was becoming the poster boy of contact tracing, figuring right into the surveillance Gates was playing up. Clinton emphasized this will be the biggest public health venture ever: that what will be attempted had never been done before on such a large scale. Well, that may be – but it is utterly pointless as contact tracing is a valuable tool for public health analysis only if:

    1) the disease is in its infancy, just starting out. (Which is not true of COVID as it now appears it has been around since at least Dec 31 ’19.)

    2) the disease is serious enough to warrant all that energy, which Redfield just confessed it is not!

    The county public health officer for Ventura County Calif has been video taped stipulating that contact tracing will indicate that there are families where the children are not yet infected but 1 or both parents are, so the state will need to remove the children. (Not to worry: the public is offered assurance Calif will do as well with this new program as they’ve done with the foster care system!)

    Everything in that chart is underway. With Archbishop Vigano’s letter addressed to Trump, suggesting that the Pope is off base, as there are millions of $$s in secret accounts, we’re witnessing a rabbit hole even Alice would find more bewildering than anything imaginable.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qdDkllMsoo

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  13. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown

    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    Cliff if you lived in California, I think you would be thinking differently.

    Every other day we are being handed new mandates. This is happening even as the CDC’s own Redfield confirmed just yesterday that all the new testing is uncovering that there are ten times the number of infected people. This means COVID has a fatality rate ten times less than what we have been told. Yet we are getting more and more mandates.

    As far as Bill Gates, what anyone who spends an hour on youtube finds out is easy to come by. Six weeks ago he was making the rounds of scads of morning talk shows, bragging about how there would be no return to normal life, but a future of “new normalcy” inside the coming “decade of vaccines.” Also how American people would need protection. (That is, continual surveillance, with guess who providing the technology!)

    He eagerly let the world know that the public would want and would need to be assessed continually, especially as to the status of our neighbors as to whether they had been infected yet or not, symptomatic or not, vaxxed or not. Around the same time period, Fauci is out there saying that the vaccine that will be released will be featuring nano technology. No one needs to read too deeply between the lines to realize this indicates RFID chips. (Articles in pharmaceutical journals a few years old also indicate that transistors can be small enough to be delivered via vaccine.)

    Then at the same time Gates was doing the TV shows, Bill Clinton was becoming the poster boy of contact tracing, figuring right into the surveillance Gates was playing up. Clinton emphasized this will be the biggest public health venture ever: that what will be attempted had never been done before on such a large scale. Well, that may be – but it is utterly pointless as contact tracing is a valuable tool for public health analysis only if:

    1) the disease is in its infancy, just starting out. (Which is not true of COVID as it now appears it has been around since at least Dec 31 ’19.)

    2) the disease is serious enough to warrant all that energy, which Redfield just confessed it is not!

    The county public health officer for Ventura County Calif has been video taped stipulating that contact tracing will indicate that there are families where the children are not yet infected but 1 or both parents are, so the state will need to remove the children. (Not to worry: the public is offered assurance Calif will do as well with this new program as they’ve done with the foster care system!)

    Everything in that chart is underway. With Archbishop Vigano’s letter addressed to Trump, suggesting that the Pope is off base, as there are millions of $$s in secret accounts, we’re witnessing a rabbit hole even Alice would find more bewildering than anything imaginable.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qdDkllMsoo

    None of the “trillionaires” are. The House of Windsor? Really? Try about $88 billion, which they are not free to use as they please. There is no good estimate of the wealth of the Roman Catholic Church, because so much of it is land, buildings, and works of art that are not for sale. In terms of cash equivalents in banking systems, not even close to a trillion dollars. The Rockefeller family had a mere $11 billion in 2016. The real influence of the original Rockefeller fortune was in establishing a foundation and universities over which the family has no control. As national financing changed from bank loans to taxing and printing money, and as royal families fell, the Rothschild banks fell in value or were seized by governments. There is no credible basis for claiming there is some great organized family business worth over a trillion dollars.

    The sad truth is that ordinary governments, of the sort we all can see and supposedly have some vote in, have much larger budgets, ability to spend money annually, than any individual or family in the world.

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  14. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    There was a great interview with a lady who does re-enactments/talks about Charlotte Scott. She is part of FREED Ladies (Female Re-Enactors of Distinction). Hope she can get the message out about this statute and Charlotte Scott above all the noise and people who just want to destroy. Shame on E H Norton.

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  15. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    Cliff if you lived in California, I think you would be thinking differently.

    Every other day we are being handed new mandates. This is happening even as the CDC’s own Redfield confirmed just yesterday that all the new testing is uncovering that there are ten times the number of infected people. This means COVID has a fatality rate ten times less than what we have been told. Yet we are getting more and more mandates.

    As far as Bill Gates, what anyone who spends an hour on youtube finds out is easy to come by. Six weeks ago he was making the rounds of scads of morning talk shows, bragging about how there would be no return to normal life, but a future of “new normalcy” inside the coming “decade of vaccines.” Also how American people would need protection. (That is, continual surveillance, with guess who providing the technology!)

    He eagerly let the world know that the public would want and would need to be assessed continually, especially as to the status of our neighbors as to whether they had been infected yet or not, symptomatic or not, vaxxed or not. SNIP

    SNIP

    Everything in that chart is underway. With Archbishop Vigano’s letter addressed to Trump, suggesting that the Pope is off base, as there are millions of $$s in secret accounts, we’re witnessing a rabbit hole even Alice would find more bewildering than anything imaginable.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qdDkllMsoo

    Clifford’s comment: None of the “trillionaires” are. The House of Windsor? Really? Try about $88 billion, which they are not free to use as they please. There is no good estimate of the wealth of the Roman Catholic Church, because so much of it is land, buildings, and works of art that are not for sale. In terms of cash equivalents in banking systems, not even close to a trillion dollars. The Rockefeller family had a mere $11 billion in 2016. SNIP

    The sad truth is that ordinary governments, of the sort we all can see and supposedly have some vote in, have much larger budgets, ability to spend money annually, than any individual or family in the world.

    My Comments: When people point to the Rockefellers, they are pointing to several things, not merely wealth. For instance, the Rockefeller medical model upended a system of natural medicines which worked possibly just as well as what Rockefeller medicine promoted. For instance, ersilypsis was used to cure tumerous cancers, circa 1900 to ’25. But the new medical model demanded that the only treatments to be made available to the public would be “measurable treatments, with predictable outcomes.” So past treatments that were not patent-able were out the door, while chemo therapy and radiation became the norm.

    Also, people do not realize til researching, often the “independent concern” receiving a huge donation from a Rockefeller or a Gates is actually a proxy firm owned by the donor.

     

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  16. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    One need only read Lincoln’s letters to understand the depth and substance and decency of the man. Fortunately, the reality of the man will outlast any monument erected to him; the ignorant and braying masses can not, in the end, change history. They can only dishonor it.

    I wish I were confident of this. Zinn’s history has permeated secondary education. This generation of millenials knows no history. You can see that by their reactions to the agitation by the modern Red Guards. Orwell wrote his book based on his experience working at the BBC

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  17. DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… Coolidge

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    I wish I were confident of this. Zinn’s history has permeated secondary education. This generation of millenials knows no history. You can see that by their reactions to the agitation by the modern Red Guards. Orwell wrote his book based on his experience working at the BBC

    It’s funny that I comment how I don’t trust the BBC, and my left-leaning friends all look at me funny, like, of course they’ll tell the truth! They’re not Americans!

    Because supposedly there’s no bias in non-American sources, I guess.

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  18. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    @cliffordbrown

    BTW I agree with you about the House of Windsor. Or at least I do not know enough about the Royals to comment.

    If I had designed that graphic, I would have put “The City of London” or whatever the nomenclature happens to be for the controlling Uber bank entity located inside London.

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  19. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… (View Comment):

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    I wish I were confident of this. Zinn’s history has permeated secondary education. This generation of millenials knows no history. You can see that by their reactions to the agitation by the modern Red Guards. Orwell wrote his book based on his experience working at the BBC

    It’s funny that I comment how I don’t trust the BBC, and my left-leaning friends all look at me funny, like, of course they’ll tell the truth! They’re not Americans!

    Because supposedly there’s no bias in non-American sources, I guess.

    I listen to the BBC News Hour in the morning because I want to hear more international news that I can generally get in the US. I also watch France 24 and NHK. I spend a lot of my time yelling – or at least harrumphing – at both the BBC and France 24 because they’re so left leaning. I can well imagine that Orwell found plenty of fodder at the BBC.

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  20. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Thanks for posting this! I have goosebumps. Dude had a way with words. Get him on the $20, stat.

     

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  21. James Lileks Contributor

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):
    I can’t agree with the chart. We face not a grand conspiracy, but rather the late stages of a long, disciplined march through the institutions by leftists.

    How can you disagree with a CHART? Especially if it puts the Windsors in the Trillionare class – it’s like Lyndon LaRouche’s decades of warnings were for naught. Well, let’s go to the site that made the chart, helpfreetheearth.com, and check out the summaries for their instructional DVDs.

    PART SIX: SATAN OR SAVIOR?
    Two thousand years ago the Book Of Revelation predicted that Satan would take possession of an earthly Prince. Is Prince William the Antichrist of prophecy?

    I’m thinking, no.

    PART SEVEN: TEMPLE OF DOOM
    Why was “Jerusalem” the featured hymn at Prince William’s wedding?

    I don’t know; maybe because it’s an important piece of British culture that has transcended Milton’s conjecture and achieved its stature due to the English tonalities of the song and the orchestration by Elgar? Although maybe Emerson, Lake and Palmer covered it because the Windsor Trillionares decreed it, I don’t know. Anyway, if the question is whether Jesus visited England, I’m thinking No.

    PART NINE: THE UNHOLY TRINITY
    Humanity’s invisible enemy is the Sabbatean Frankists.

    Noooobody expects the Sabbatean Frankists! I’d say the authors of this DVD were smart to save Joooo-blaming until part 9, but the title of the DVD is “The Zion King,” so they kinda sorta give the game away. BTW, did you know:

    PART TEN: THE ZION KING
    The temple where the World King will rule in 2015
    is already under construction in Jerusalem.

    They might want to update that page. Also on the site:

    Fake Science: The Earth is NOT spinning

    Alien Invasion Planned

    Annnnd of course:

    The more detailed the CHART, the more likely the Jews are yankin’ the strings. 

     

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  22. T-Fiks Member

    What impressed me about Douglass’s speech was his willingness to embrace Lincoln even though the president had to accommodate abolitionists and pro-slavery Democrats in order to save America and its ideals. Douglass also accepted the fact that Lincoln was tainted by his own prejudices towards Blacks. Douglass greatly admired Lincoln for the good he was able to do rather than dismiss him for his whiteness.
    While some people then criticized and many people now criticize Lincoln for his willingness to accommodate evil, Douglass understood and clarified for his audience Lincoln’s dedication to a morality that transcended the political demands of his presidency. God help us in our current crisis to find political and cultural leaders like Lincoln and Douglass again.

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  23. Henry Racette Contributor

    James Lileks (View Comment):
    How can you disagree with a CHART?

    Anyway, it doesn’t have Jeff Bezos at the top. How can you believe any global hierarchy that doesn’t have Jeff Bezos at the top?

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  24. Bob Thompson Member

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):
    I can’t agree with the chart. We face not a grand conspiracy, but rather the late stages of a long, disciplined march through the institutions by leftists.

    How are these two different things? Is the leftists march through our western institutions a bottom-up movement driven by the people?

    I see why you have a problem with the chart in terms of some of the alleged most influential participants included. But does it not seem reasonable, based on public actions, that several multi-billionaires are supporting efforts to overthrow the Constitutional foundation of America?

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  25. Flicker Coolidge

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):
    I can’t agree with the chart. We face not a grand conspiracy, but rather the late stages of a long, disciplined march through the institutions by leftists.

    How are these two different things? Is the leftists march through our western institutions a bottom-up movement driven by the people?

    I see why you have a problem with the chart in terms of some of the alleged most influential participants included. But does it not seem reasonable, based on public actions, that several multi-billionaires are supporting efforts to overthrow the Constitutional foundation of America?

    Maybe my perception of time is compressing, but Bezos is a newbie to extreme wealth, and his wealth has been created through pure capitalism. The same with Zuckerberg and Gates. How did they become united in thought and philosophy, and why to the globalists?

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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):
    I can’t agree with the chart. We face not a grand conspiracy, but rather the late stages of a long, disciplined march through the institutions by leftists.

    How are these two different things? Is the leftists march through our western institutions a bottom-up movement driven by the people?

    I see why you have a problem with the chart in terms of some of the alleged most influential participants included. But does it not seem reasonable, based on public actions, that several multi-billionaires are supporting efforts to overthrow the Constitutional foundation of America?

    Maybe my perception of time is compressing, but Bezos is a newbie to extreme wealth, and his wealth has been created through pure capitalism. The same with Zuckerberg and Gates. How did they become united in thought and philosophy, and why to the globalists?

    Why are so many young white people joining the Marxists in the BLM movement.?Knowledgeable Americans of African descent know better. People like Shelby Steele, who have spent time studying this, might give you an answer, I can’t.

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  27. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    James Lileks (View Comment):
    How can you disagree with a CHART?

    Anyway, it doesn’t have Jeff Bezos at the top. How can you believe any global hierarchy that doesn’t have Jeff Bezos at the top?

    Now, everyone knows that even Jeff Bezos bows to Whinny the Poo.

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  28. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):
    I can’t agree with the chart. We face not a grand conspiracy, but rather the late stages of a long, disciplined march through the institutions by leftists.

    How are these two different things? Is the leftists march through our western institutions a bottom-up movement driven by the people?

    I see why you have a problem with the chart in terms of some of the alleged most influential participants included. But does it not seem reasonable, based on public actions, that several multi-billionaires are supporting efforts to overthrow the Constitutional foundation of America?

    They are different because there is no grand conspiracy, no handful of families pulling the world’s strings. People need to believe in something and “you gotta serve someone,” so the secular religion of socialism, with its narrative of saints and sinners, good and evil, and a paradise on earth was attractive to people seeking influence over society. 

    Multi-billionaires seek to overthrow the Constitutional foundation of America because it ultimately limits their exercise of power, because they think their success translates to universal expertise, and because they seek to earn indulgences, credits against the belief that there is something immoral in their acquisition of great wealth. 

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  29. Bob Thompson Member

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    They are different because there is no grand conspiracy, no handful of families pulling the world’s strings. People need to believe in something and “you gotta serve someone,” so the secular religion of socialism, with its narrative of saints and sinners, good and evil, and a paradise on earth was attractive to people seeking influence over society. 

    Multi-billionaires seek to overthrow the Constitutional foundation of America because it ultimately limits their exercise of power, because they think their success translates to universal expertise, and because they seek to earn indulgences, credits against the belief that there is something immoral in their acquisition of great wealth. 

    I see where you are making a distinction but I totally fail to get why a handful of families pulling the strings is a requirement to make it a conspiracy. There are the people, not of this ilk, who are to be served by America’s elected leaders under the terms of our Constitution and who, instead of being served, are being served up like a delicacy for the elite.

    Why can’t those providing the financial support just be viewed as the conspiratorial Marxist leaders of Communists public agitators instead of trying to wrap them into some secular religious sect where they are just playing out some sinful wealth accumulation, power, guilt, redemption scenario? What makes these two forms of conspiracy any different to those of us who want to stop it?

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