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IPFS News Link • Philosophy: Conservatism

Has the GOP Ever Been Conservative?

• Jason
Thanks to the campaigns of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, most conservative Americans have been convinced that the Republican Party is the home of conservative values in the United States. However, once you reflect upon the true history of the Republican Party, you will easily see that this is nothing more than a lie.

Although the Grand Old Party (GOP) formed in 1854, it hadn't grown to prominence until Abraham Lincoln's election. Lincoln's political campaign didn't just involve banning the spread of slavery in the territories - he wanted to nationalize the railroads, start a national paper currency, and eventually fought a war against the tenth amendment that cost our nation over 600,000 lives. He created the nation's first income tax. He also suspended our right to a fair trial, arresting and imprisoning Americans and holding them indefinitely - which is exactly what Republican John McCain has proposed through his Enemy Belligerent Act of 2010.

The only thing Lincoln had right were his lenient reconstruction policies for the post-war era. Of course, he was conveniently assassinated and a harsh, fascist reconstruction policy was adopted instead. The Radical Republicans adopted policies in the South that created massive animosity between the races that still exist to this day. They occupied the South militarily for 12 years; blockading Southern ports, refusing to allow elections in the Southern states, and confiscating Southern land and homes. Imagine if today the federal government came to your house, kicked you out, and gave your home and all of your property to illegal immigrants. That is paramount to what happened after the War for Southern Independence, which caused great violence and bloodshed between blacks and whites that our society is still fighting today - all thanks to the Republican Party.

Andrew Johnson, Lincoln's vice-president, supported leniency, but the Radicals became so popular with the North that Johnson held no power and was even impeached, being saved by just a single vote.

Ulysses S. Grant, Northern hero of the War Against the South, had one of the most corrupt administrations ever. Cabinet secretaries awarded government contracts to friends and even to their own companies, defrauding the nation of millions of dollars. Many politicians and even judges were sent to jail over this.

Rutherford B. Hayes was not elected president at all - he was given the presidency through a special deal with the Democrats. Although the Democrat won the election, the Republicans called for a recount. Several newspapers claimed that blacks had been denied their vote in three states, which conveniently would give Hayes a one-vote electoral college victory. Hayes, a Radical Republican who voted for the Reconstruction Acts and in favor of impeaching President Johnson, agreed to end the military occupation of the South if given the presidency, which the Southern Democrats agreed to. While in office, Hayes called for sending more federal dollars to the states for free public education and for changing the presidential term to six years.

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Comment by Robert Bilyeu
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It is extremely important that each of us as citizens of the Several States read and study our Constitution for the United States and our respective State Constitutions.  If we are to be a Nation of Laws then these, being the Supreme Law of the Land must be the standard to which each and ever State Senator, State  Representative, Governor, Senator, Representative, Judge, Peace Officer and every member of the Armed Forces take their oathes to and should be the standard to which each and every one of them is held regardless of party affiliation.  Thomas Jefferson said "In matters of power let no more be heard of confidence in men but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution".  This article also shows us the importance of history, not only the modern revisionist history but also from the minority viewpoint remembering that the victorious in any campaign get the privilege of writing history and the vanquished version of history is seldom recorded.  I would personally advise people to form Constitutional study groups.  Were we to study I think we would find the disastrous and intended effects that the 14th, 16th and 17th amendments to our Constitution had on the invidual power of the States and the citizenry to hold public officials accountable.  Mayer Amshel Bauer, later Rothschild, said "Give me control of a Nation's currency and I care not who makes the laws".