The Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln

First Republican President

The Republican Party was founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854 and famously led by Abraham Lincoln, who served as President from 1861 to 1865. At that time the United States was at a breaking point between a Democratic Party that was fond of the status quo and a Republican Party that wanted America to stand up for human rights.

Abraham Lincoln found himself at the head of a government that was divided amongst itself on how to proceed, given that the southern half of the country was teetering on the edge of secession. Fearing war and in-fighting between countrymen, Lincoln was forced to act first as a strong diplomat and subsequently as a strong military leader. His actions not only changed the course of history for Africans and all future Americans, but for the Republican Party as well.

During the leadership of the Great Emancipator, Republicans were considered the liberals of their time. After all, it was they who demanded modernization in terms of labor, land ownership and the rights of human beings.  Essentially, the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln promoted the individual freedoms of all men as well as the rights for all to receive a public education. Democrats, at the time, spoke of social progression, but did not act on it.

150 years later, so much has changed. Perhaps due to their satisfaction of having been the catalyst to the American Reconstruction following the Civil War, Republicans have given up the liberal ideals of their founding members to embrace staunch conservatism. The ideals of Mitt Romney or George W. Bush or Ronald Reagan certainly bear no resemblance to the powerful liberal ideals of Abraham Lincoln. While still waving the so-called “freedom” banner, Republican Party leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries have misconstrued the meaning of the word itself, using it as an excuse to keep out foreign immigrants and imprison people who have not been proven guilty of a crime.

What would Abraham Lincoln say if he knew that Republicans continually vote for upper-class tax cuts and private health care provision? Would he see these as traditionally Republican ideals, or would he see no evidence of the Party he helped to build so long ago?

The great man once said, If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide.

George W. Bush said, “Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”

The latter words do not sound like those of a man of the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln.


Written by: Mandy Gardner

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CNN – Transcript of President Bush’s Address

14 Responses to "The Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln"

  1. mixaria   January 28, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    LOL What a load of revisionist preaching. Try taking off your SJW blinders if you want to be taken seriously as a writer. “Republican Party leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries have misconstrued the meaning of the word itself, using it as an excuse to keep out foreign immigrants and imprison people who have not been proven guilty of a crime.” Total BS. Good luck with your writing career – maybe you can get a position burning books and writing State Propaganda.

  2. Thomas Lee   October 5, 2017 at 10:36 am

    This is a very silly article. The author is mixing Lincoln’s statements about secession and war with Bush’s remarks about the economy. The Democrats stole the term “Liberal” and modified what it meant in Lincoln’s time. Their constant attempts (like this) at rewriting history are very similar to what Marx suggested and Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Hitler implemented.

  3. AWL   March 6, 2016 at 3:47 am

    If AL were here today he would NOT be a republican! This is a strange and disturbing party and I do not for the life of me understand how anyone could be a part of something so wrong.

  4. bongohappens   September 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Actually conservative religious lunatics were Southern leaders and slave owners.

    Go read their books, Lee’s slave ledgers and letters to bounty hunters, and Southern speeches bragging they doing Gods will. Even torture of slavery was ordained by God.

    Religious conservatives are the worst.

  5. snowlover   September 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    liberal propaganda

  6. albarrs   September 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Mandy you as full of BS as a Christmas turkey!!! Why don’t you try reading authentic period documents instead of reading and revising and writing liberal-progressive-socialist Marxist crap…

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  9. Janie Stephens   November 22, 2014 at 7:21 am

    It’s funny how I find the Democrats so blind, and you all find the rest of the parties so blind, I think we all want the same thing, we just have different ways of achieving it. I don’t think President Lincoln would have ever sided with the Terrorists…ever!! He loved America, he would not have been ok with leaving our Marine in a Mexican prison, or ok with Bengazi, or ok with Gruber, or ok with the IRS, and I highly doubt he would have been ok with the right to choose to have an abortion, he was a strong Christian man. But those are just my thoughts.

  10. Ken Reddy   October 5, 2013 at 11:05 am

    “We have just carried an election on principles fairly stated to the people. Now we are told in advance, the government shall be broken up unless we surrender to those we have beaten…If we surrender, it is the end of us. They will repeat the experiment upon us ad libitum.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  11. Paul Roy   October 5, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Mandy, as I wrote in my article on “Why the Republicans Can’t win” here on Guardian, the Republican Party of the last 20 years are no longer true conservatives or even republicans. If you look at true conservative principles you will see that.

    Great article though.

  12. john chambers (@johncha70815517)   October 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    republicans may die from this cycle of default
    one point though – abortion the repubs are still the more liberal party, protecting human rights

  13. Simon Chong (@chong1950)   October 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Your article confirms my belief the current GOP changed the course of the original purpose of the founding father of the party, Lincoln who cared for the permanent good of general public and the country. I follow the republican party in the last 50 years, I can not think of any act raised by GOP party that are doing long term good for the country except wars and tax cut for the very rich. Most of the past good acts for the permanent benefit of the country were done by Democrat party. I feel sad for Lincoln and the current republican ideology that almost has nothing to do with Lincoln’s original one.

  14. Mary Hall-Rayford (@educatormary)   October 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Interesting review of history. I wonder how many of the Tea Party will ever see it and understand –human rights–versus the will of the rich only!


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