How Many of GOP.com’s “Republican Heroes” Would Be Republicans Today?
One of the new site’s features is a page of “Republican Heroes” — a rather random collection of historical figures, about half of whom are 19th century African Americans. But how many would be a Republican in today’s Southern wingnutty GOP?
Let’s take a look.
Pinckney Pinchback: hard to tell, but he fought on the Union side during the Civil War, so I’m going to go with no.
Octavius Catto: African-American civil rights pioneer from Philly. Doubtful.
Jackie Robinson: Oops.
Frederick Douglass: no fucking way.
Ellen Foster: who the hell is Ellen Foster?
Abraham Lincoln: expanded the power of the federal government, created the IRS and the income tax, questioned the divinity of Christ and freed the slaves. ‘Nuff said.
Dwight Eisenhower: expanded socialist fascist New Deal programs, created department of Health Education and Welfare, raised already record-high taxes to pay for massive federal highway project, warned against “Military-Industrial Complex.” Any questions?
By the way, where’s Barry Goldwater?