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The Party of Abraham Lincoln

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For what it is worth, and I am sure it is worth more than words can summarize, The Grand Old Party, formally known as The Republican Party, is truly the party of Abraham Lincoln. He was elected in 1860, and a quick one phrase summary of his Presidency would say with grand resolute, that he helped to defeat the Confederates, and he paved the ultimate pathway to free the slaves.

Always and forever will the Grand Old Party be the party of Abraham Lincoln.

I myself have been a Democrat most of my life. I am, because I believe my family members are, and more so because of my upbringing, it always felt as though that party was the one that had the greater influence on me and my surrounding society. I am an African-American, and I grew up in an urban environment, so like most in those environments, I registered to vote as a Democrat. Luckily enough I even got to witness, the first time around, an actual black man being elected President of The United States of America.

It was monolithic moment, and a true testament to just how far this great nation has come. But regardless of how important of a moment it was, it still doesn’t change what I said. The Republican Party, The Grand Old Party, is still the party of Abraham Lincoln. What Lincoln did for this country, is perhaps as important as any great deed ever done by any man in this nation, and yes, that ought to include George Washington, and all of the founding fathers.

The Emancipation Proclamation effectively acted as legislation that denounced slavery, opening the gateway for many enslaved Africans to gain their citizenship, and fight against the Confederates, and although this act could in no way remove the hundreds of years of injustice The USA and other nations had inflicted upon those slaves, it did essentially help out every African in the long run.

Thanks to the courage of a man like Abraham Lincoln, my ancestors and those I stand amongst now have more of what we call, freedom.

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I say all of this, as a reminder to myself, and to any readers that I may have, that regardless of what side of the political aisle you may stand on, don’t let our currently leadership force you into believing one party stands supreme over the other. Regardless of the media backlash against Donald Trump, our current President, I do feel deeply within me that he not only stands for good, but for the safety, aid and security of all citizens in the USA, and not just the wealthy. I do not believe that he has a chance as becoming as great a man as Abraham Lincoln, for the emancipation proclamation did as much justice as writing the country into existence, but that does not mean we are all to write him off for his own personal troubles and gaffes. The man has a purpose, and is to serve the nation. Don’t let his ego get the best of you, for I am sure there are perhaps enormous characters flaws in every former President.

We ought to hold him to the same standard as Lincoln, and in this moment, this is where I will begin to do so. I’ll say again, I doubt that he can do anything for society as great as what Lincoln did, but he has a way of saying he is amongst the best. Remember, always remember that The Grand Old Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln.

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#Hashtag BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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Once Upon a Time,

slavery existed. It existed heavily throughout the Black Community, all across Planet Earth.

It existed heavily, in The United States of America, too.

Today, it doesn’t, and it is important to celebrate, or at least remember some history that involves black people on our planet, on our home.

Time goes on.

The Resignation of General James Norman Mattis, Secretary of Defense.

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In a powerful display of opposition to President Trump announcing a complete withdrawal of troops from Syria, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis submitted his letter of resignation. The letter, pictured below, highlights many facets that General Mattis enjoyed while Secretary of Defense, but the letter also plainly States to the President that he does not agree with the decision to withdraw troops from Syria, arguing that the move abandons allies on the battlefield.

Despite the resignation of General Mattis, and what appears to be a bipartisan pushback from both Republicans and Democrats, President Trump remains resilient in his decision to withdraw troops, explaining to the American People that ISIS has been defeated, and that he has been more successful than any President in modern history in defeating ISIS.

Several officials and News outlets have reported that the decision to withdraw troops was not advised by Senior military officials or The Pentagon, and that this is move done largely in part by Donald Trump.

Again, despite pushback from every angle, Trump remains resilient in downsizing the battlefields overseas, with rumors now floating the agenda that The President also intends to withdraw as many as 9,000 troops from Afghanistan as early as January.

General Mattis served four decades in The United States Marine Corps. He ends his career on a high note, putting countrymen and his allies before self. He will officially depart Trump’s Administration February 2019.

Violence in Politics: End It Now.

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Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked by the media if President Donald Trump regrets any of his previous comments where he wishes harm on his opponents, states that The President has been against violence since day one.

Sarah Sanders, that is a lie. The President has in fact been promoting violence. He has insulted all of his political opponents, promoting violent rhetoric and conspiracies along the way. His political hyperbole cannot be discredited, or discharged as the work of a man with little political experience. Praising a politician for body slamming a reporter. Saying someone with 2nd amendment rights might shoot Hillary Clinton. Repeatedly saying you’ve wanted to punch someone in the head at your rallies. Calling the media the enemy of The United States. Claiming you could shoot someone in the middle of 5th avenue, New York and get away with you.

You have been promoting violence all along. Mr. President, please stop.

There are too many key issues plaguing The United States at this moment, and there is no room for violence of any form in politics. American citizens are currently holding out hope for change in their respective lives and communities, and many of them know that change can only come by supporting elected officials. That is why it is too important for we, the American people, to not have to deal with what has recently transpired.

Several pipe bombs have been sent to top Democrats. A blatant act of terrorism, it may perhaps be safe to conclude before any evidence is found of the perpetrators that this was in fact politically motivated. Whether or not this is domestic terrorism, we can at least infer that the motives behind these potential attacks were fueled by the aggressive and violent rhetoric of President Donald Trump, and societal members of the Republican Party.

Politics is amazing, and unique, in the fact that The Republican Party and The Democratic Party, and any other Party in the United States, has the right to stand up for the rights of American citizens and be the voice where sometimes voices cannot be heard. But politicians have to be careful how they use their power. The President has inadvertently been invoking violence with his rhetoric, and he has too much pride to force himself into guilt or change. To those that can amend there ways, do so. Do not stoop to the promotion of violence, for this is America’s history and future at stake.

Promote prosperity. End it now.

Nuclear Arms: The United States and Russia Made a Deal.

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The United States of America and The Union of Soviet Socialists Republics (USSR) were nations who had known the effects of war. They both were participants of WWII, and both of their military might combined, coupled with the efforts of various other nations, helped to take down the axis powers and defeat Nazism from taking over Europe. What sprung from WWII was another test of might, one that would last decades up until December 5th, 1994, a war The USA and Russia will always be known for. The Cold War. This decades long display of nuclear power created an instability in the world, and although neither country formally attacked the other, the threat of nuclear war greatly loomed over both nations. Today, both the USA and Russia are a part of a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, also known as S.T.A.R.T., which ultimately led to an armistice between the two powerful nations which led to the end of the Cold War.

It appears things may soon change.

A call to the end of the armistice between Russia and The USA appears to be President Trump’s latest battle cry, and it comes in the wake of many other events taking place in the political spectrum. Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 Presidential election by The Democrats and other government officials, and while many republican officials refuted the notion, to include President Trump, now President Trump himself is accusing Russia of attempting to interfere with the 2018 midterm elections.

At this point, it is tough to understand what will come next. A pullout from this armistice with Russia, because they are indeed testing long range nuclear missiles, may perhaps ultimately mean that The USA will now continue to embark on tests as well. It wasn’t too long ago that world leaders were arguing for an end to nuclear weapons altogether (this argument still exists), but this latest move by President Trump may be an inadvertent show of strength. Perhaps before his time is up as President, he will enact an agenda to institute more nuclear armament testing, unlike the world has ever seen before. One thing is true, and it is that President Trump does not like to be outdone. He likes his stuff bigger, and he likes his stuff better.

We may be witnessing the start of a new nuclear arms race.

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