North Carolina Senator Says Abraham Lincoln Was A 'Tyrant' Like Adolf Hitler For Freeing The Slaves
A North Carolina Republican state representative said in a Facebook post that former President Abraham Lincoln was a “tyrant” as bad as German dictator Adolf Hitler. The Raleigh News and Observer said Wednesday that Concord Republican Rep. Larry Pittman was responding to marriage equality supporters on social media after he introduced a bill to the state House urging the state the defy the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage for all 50 states. A commenter told Pittman that the highest court in the land had decided the question and urged him to “get over it.”
Pittman responded, “And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort if tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.” “Another commenter asked Pittman to explain why he believes the Civil War, which resulted in the end of slavery, was ‘unnecessary,’” the Observer said. “He did not respond to the question on the Facebook page.” A North Carolina legislator used his Facebook campaign page on Wednesday to compare President Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler.
Cabarrus County Republican Rep. Larry Pittman posted the comment in response to a torrent of criticism over legislation he and two others sponsored in the General Assembly to restore a state ban on same-sex marriage. In the lengthy thread, someone posted that "the Civil War is over. The Fed won. Get over it."
Pittman wrote on his page that Lincoln was "personally responsible for the deaths of 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional." The web site www.civilwar.org says an estimated 620,000 men died in the line of duty during the Civil War. But a 2012 story in The New York Times said a historian from Binghamton University in New York recalculated the death toll and raised it to 750,000. North Carolina Democratic Party chairman Wayne Goodwin called on Republican leaders to condemn Pittman's comments. The bill co-sponsored by Pittman claims the U.S. Supreme Court overstepped with its 2015 ruling that effectively voided an amendment to North Carolina's constitution forbidding same-sex marriage. Voters approved the amendment in 2012. On Wednesday, House Speaker Tim Moore of Kings Mountain said in a statement Wednesday that the bill introduced this week won't be considered because the nation's highest court "has firmly ruled on the issue."
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Lincoln freed no one. The "Emancipation" proclamation was just that, a proclamation not a law or amendment. Lincoln could have possibly freed slaves in the border states and states that were under northern military control but he didn't do that. Read Lincoln's 1862 letter to Horace Greeley.
Great piece. Link the actual article next time though. Raw Story did a good write up on this, the least you can do is acknowledge them with simple link to their page.
Here's the actual article for anyone who's interested BTW
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