I may never vote Democrat again

To the Editor:

Things I didn’t know about Juneteenth. I am 84 years old and this is the first I had heard of it.

I read on the internet [in a blog referenced on the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group website] by Stacy Conradt that on “June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger (accompanied by approximately 1,800 federal troops,) rode into Galveston, Texas, formerly part of the Confederate States of America, to take over the state and enforce Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation from 1863 and announced enslaved people were now free.”

Now that is strange the rest of the nation knew that enslaved people were free on Jan 1, 1863, more than two-and-a-half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Why were they not told? Did news travel so slow back in those days? Or did they just didn't want them to know?

The Confederacy consisted of the Democratic Party, which held and supported the keeping of slaves. These were mostly in the South. The Republican Party was in the North. The Republican party was started for only one reason: to abolish slavery and end it. 

I have voted Democrat, Republican, or any party that had the best person (or so I thought) running. After what I’ve read, I may never vote Democrat again. Have they changed? ...

Everything above I read from history written on the internet or books, either I didn’t pay attention in history class or it wasn’t taught. 

Shirley Milbert


Joined: 09/03/2019 - 08:36
history is easily skewed

Read about the 1920s party realignment and the New Deal. The parties in the time of Lincoln where based more on geography than partisanship. The platforms of the parties 'switched' in the 1920s, which is the beginning of the modern Democratic party. The Democratic-Republican party or Union party of the civil war shared part of the modern democratic party name but had a completely different platform. This party split again after the civil war during the progressive era prior and into the gilded age and then again in the 1920s. The modern democratic party is that of FDR. And remember it was Lyndon Johnson, a modern Democrat, that signed the Civil Rights Act. To claim the parties are the same as they were in the 1850s is like saying modern day cars are horses.

Joined: 05/15/2015 - 10:04
Democracy in 2020

What happened with the Republicans and Democrats 150 years ago is hardly relevant to the position of those parties now. Aims and attitudes have changed and to vote Republican in this election is equivalent to voting for the end of a free America. I question the accuracy of most of your expressed generalities.

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