Thenceforward, and forever…

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January 1, 2013 by Ish

“That on the first day of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State … shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free[.]”

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which very few people today realize was actually two seperate proclamations. The frist, known formally as Proclamation 93, ordered the emancipation of all slaves in any of the rebel states that did not return to the Union by January 1, 1863; The second, Proclamation 95, is the big one, it was the one that named the states effected and made emancipation the law. Oh, and interestingly enough, Lincoln included this little morsel in proclamation 95:

And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

Abraham Lincoln recognized that all freemen had the inherit human right to self-defense, thenceforward and forever, in the very document which freed the slaves.

Now, a lot of people will try to smear Lincoln. They’ll say that the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t free slaves in the five slave-holding but non-rebellious states; they’ll say that the Emancipation Proclamation was just paper and slaves in the Confederacy weren’t really free until the end of the war; they’ll quote ad nauseam (and quite out of context) his line about being willing to save the Union without freeing any slaves. These bizarre smears all have one thing in common: bullshit. Bullshit piled so deep and so broad that you’ll need a step-ladder and a zip line to get out of it. On the surface, none of this is false, of course… but scratch that surface and the bullshit is released to ooze out and ruin the carpet. They’re smearing Lincoln because they don’t want to acknowledge history.

They don’t want to acknowledge the racist roots of gun control, the racist nature of the Democratic Party, and — above all — they want to keep Blacks in the present day on the plantation.

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