Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Party of Lincoln

I always get a chuckle when Republicans refer to their party as the Party of Lincoln. What they fail to realize, or choose to forget, is that both parties have changed significantly since then, even switching sides of the fence. If Lincoln were alive today, he would be a Democrat! After all, Illinois is a very blue state and Lincoln would have wanted to be involved with the party of the people.

I was inspired to write this after reading this post from Ann Althouse about John McCain. It refers to an interview asking whether McCain would run as an independent. He responds with the party of Lincoln line and also mentions Theodore Roosevelt. There's another guy who might be a Democrat as the parties are defined today. If McCain did run as President, I just might vote for him. He seems to be a pretty independent thinker, which is unusual in the partisan world of American politics.


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