May 14, 2015
commented on Why Black Slave Liberator Harriet Tubman Should Not Replace Slave Owner Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill
Anyone who has read much about Abraham Lincoln and his views on slavery, as I have, knows that he was, in fact, adamantly opposed to it as "a social, political, and moral wrong". The raison d'etre of the Republican Party was opposition to the extension of slavery, which was believed to ensure the eventual (though not immediate) end to slavery. To use his "If I could save the Union by freeing no slaves, etc." comment to paint him as indifferent to slavery is inaccurate and unfair. He was answering certain critics of his war policies, and he was reminding them (as well as the nation) that his primary duty as President was preserving the Union. Slavery was implicitly sanctioned by the U. S. Constitution, and no one sworn to uphold the Constitution could abolish it willy-nilly. Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on the grounds of military necessity, and did in fact (true to the cited quote) free some slaves and leave others in slavery. However, in issuing the Proclamation, Lincoln and everyone else knew that it was the death-knell of slavery.
As for Lincoln being a "railroad lawyer", what of it? He was a working attorney, and was regarded as a very good one. His biggest single fee in his law career was the $5,000 he collected from the Illinois Central Railroad, but he had to sue the railroad to get it. He had originally billed them $2,000 after winning a very important case. When the railroad balked at the $2,000 fee, Lincoln sued them for $5,000 and won.
Lincoln took on civil, corporate, and criminal cases, and occasionally acted as prosecutor. In one case, Lincoln was representing a woman on trial for killing her husband, who was reputed to have been abusive to her. During a recess, he went to a private room to confer with her. She said she was thirsty, to which Lincoln replied, "I hear there's some mighty fine water in Tennessee". He then left to get her a glass of water, ostensibly. Returning after a period of time, he found that she had left through a window. The woman was never seen again in Illinois.
This is a truer picture of Lincoln than the one portrayed by the dismissive "didn't really care that much about slavery".
Feb 6, 2013
commented on Savage Love
If Almost There's partner strokes the shaft of his penis while fellating him, it should do the trick.
Jul 28, 2012
commented on The Man Without Qualities
@50. Willard, as a member of the Mormon cult, has the "us/them" attitude, kind of like the gypsies who teach their children that's it's OK to steal from "outsiders". Look up "lying for the faith".
May 22, 2012
commented on Testaments Old & New
I am reminded of a comment by Abraham Lincoln (paraphrasing): "I have never seen anyone take advantage of the good of slavery by choosing to be a slave himself".