By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (Ret.)
(Trice Edney Wire) – There are various reminiscences of my first years at school which stay etched in my thoughts. I keep in mind studying the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the nationwide anthem. Since I’ve all the time favored historical past, there are quite a few folks and occasions which are in my reminiscence cells. Like most college students of that interval, the primary two presidents I realized about have been George Washington and Abraham Lincoln – the primary and the sixteenth presidents, respectively.
George Washington ‘chopped down a cherry tree,’ led the Continental Military in opposition to the British, and have become the brand new nation’s first, however the reluctant president. For me, Lincoln was a little bit extra attention-grabbing. He was a rustic child, born into what can solely be referred to as poverty, reportedly was a tough employee, held a wide range of – each laborious and sedentary – jobs, grew to become a rustic lawyer, honed his debating expertise, grew to become the primary candidate elected to be president as a Republican, ‘freed the slaves,’ and was shot lifeless at Ford’s Theater.
Chief amongst his accomplishments is that he stays generally known as “Sincere Abe” and his legacy is circumscribed by his veracity along with having his identify ascribed to the Republican Get together as its founder. Amongst African Individuals, his occasion of him, the occasion of the Nice Emancipator, was the one political occasion worthy of their votes (those that might vote). Though there are fewer African Individuals who retain this loyalty, many nonetheless vote with out query for The Get together of Lincoln. Sadly, if he have been alive at this time, I’m certain that he would try and reform them or fully discourage the deviants and devilments of “his” occasion.
The biography and abstract of George Santos, the newly elected Republican Congressman from New York, believes the ethic of truthfulness. He’s the antithesis of Sincere Abe! Santos has admitted to embellishing his biography of him with tales which are extra akin to myths and fables than easy elaborations. His lies de él wind by means of a path of life occasions that serve to endear him with the voters however don’t have any distant connection to his private experiences de él. He has fabricated a lot of his resume that there’s some hypothesis that his actual identify might probably not be George Santos. He has used no less than one different identify.
What’s worse, he poses a menace to the nice order of the Home of Representatives and, by means of publicity to categorized supplies, our nationwide safety. Of their try and retain energy and keep their slim margin of management, Speaker McCarthy and his convention have chosen to miss this potential menace. What’s extra, they’ve chosen to miss the requirements of integrity presumed for all Home members. As an entity, Republican members have proven whole disregard for the expectation of honorable service amongst their ranks.
Nonetheless one needs to research him, overwhelming proof confirms that the preservation of the Union, and its traditions and democratic ideas have been major considerations of Lincoln. Fueled by a malignant worry of ‘Alternative,’ Lincoln’s fashionable counterparts have proven themselves prepared to just accept any equally malignant distortion of presidency that permits them to subvert the need of the bulk and impose their will upon the identical. Gerrymandering and voter suppression, together with draconian legal guidelines, which frighten and discourage authorized voters from exercising their rights have turn out to be the instruments of alternative for the ‘new’ Republicans.
Just like the petulant child who owns the soccer, these ‘new’ Republicans are threatening to explode our nationwide and worldwide economies if the sport shouldn’t be performed by their guidelines. Their enmity in opposition to all besides the rich and well-connected illuminates their objective of institutionalizing their everlasting energy and making a everlasting underclass that they will manipulate and management.
No matter faults Lincoln might have had, this isn’t the occasion of Lincoln. We are going to deal with them with logic and measured motive at our future profile!
(Dr. E. Faye Williams is President of The Dick Gregory Society (thedickgregorysociety.org; firstname.lastname@example.org) and President Emerita of the Nationwide Congress of Black Ladies)