Thursday, December 27, 2012
Stop misnaming Republican Lincoln Day dinners
But in a dramatic reversal of roles, the capture of the Republican Party by the Tea Partyers and their wealthy enablers has openly abused the Lincoln of wisdom, courage and patriotism (so sensitively revealed by Daniel Day-Lewis). There is still silly talk of secession within wacko groups.
And few will deny that racism kept Barack Obama's victory closer than it might have been. For confirmation, simply check the figures of white-guy voters.
In February, or a little later, Republicans will stage their traditional Lincoln Day Dinners, often showing preference for right-wing GOP speakers. The trend by the Summit County GOP, for example, has featured such conservative icons as Mike Huckabee (whom, it says in the invitation, is a "leading favorite to top" the 2012 presidential ticket; Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the party's very very conservative Study Committee; and Rick Santorum, who needs no further introduction. I have occasionally referred to these misnamed "Lincoln" events as identity thefts.
Although I don't expect happier results, may I suggest that now that they have lost the election, the sponsors of these political stage shows find a new name for the dinners . The Norquist Day Dinner? The LaPierre Day Dinner? At least this would be a more honest approach and not slander Lincoln in his grave.