Harry Truman said : ” The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”
Some folks may think that Trump’s vile racism is new. Well, think again. Back in the mid- 1800’s bigoted xenophobia was called nativism and there was actually a Know Nothing political movement. Abraham Lincoln – one of the founders of the progressive, anti – secessionist, unionist Republican party – summed it up best in an August 24, 1855 letter to his friend, Joshua Speed :
” I am not a Know Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can anyone who abhors the oppression of Negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal , except Negroes.” When Know Nothings get control, it will read “all men are created equal except Negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”
We are at a crossroad in which we must decide who we are and what we believe. I choose to stand and fight against the darkness and give light to the better angels of our nature. Will you?