Senator Santorum, You’re No Thad Stevens

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Thaddeus Stevens

Rep. Thaddeus Stevens, the famous Radical Republican, must be spinning in his grave.

He was from Pennsylvania, home state of Rick Santorum, the latest leading anti-Romney in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

Stevens asked to be interred in Shreiner-Concord Cemetery in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, because it did not bar African Americans burials.

His epitaph reads: “…I have chosen this that I might illustrate in my death the principles which I advocated through a long life, equality of man before the Creator.”

Santorum didn’t talk about the “equality of man” at the GOP-friendly Conservative Political Action Conference. Neither did Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Peter Brimelow or Robert Vandervoort.

Brimelow and Vandervoort are white nationalists. They were part of the CPAC conclave.

After President Obama was elected in 2008, the British-born Brimelow said the way for the GOP to win again was “to get white votes,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He added, “If [Republicans] did that, even without actually cutting off immigration, they could continue to win national elections for quite a long time.”

Vandervoort once blogged on VDARE.com, Brimelow’s website:

“If California is the first big multiracial state in the Union—and it’s the pits—and the rest of America is quickly following suit—then how long will America last?”

rick santorum beats mitt romneyAccording to Right Wing Watch, other VDARE bloggers have despaired of “the transition to the new and non-white version” of America and have denounced “Jewish support for non-traditional immigration, which has the effect of weakening America’s historic white majority.”

Anyway, if Romney, Santorum or Gingrich criticized the presence of Brimelow and Vandervoort at CPAC I haven’t heard about it. (Ron Paul skipped the conference.)

Meanwhile, all four candidates are back on the campaign trail, stumping to be the next Republican president.

The first Republican president was in the White House 150 years ago.

Abraham Lincoln got elected in 1860 on a platform that had a plank which said: “…The Republican Party is opposed to any change in our Naturalization Laws or any State Legislation by which the rights of citizenship hitherto accorded to emigrants from foreign lands shall be abridged or impaired; and in favor of giving full and efficient protection to the rights of all classes of citizens, whether native or naturalized, both at home and abroad.”

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After Lincoln led the Union to victory in the Civil War and put slavery on the road to extinction, the GOP got amendments added to the Constitution that ended all slavery in America, made African Americans citizens and put ballots in the hands of black men.

Stevens would have scorned in no uncertain terms the likes of Brimelow and Vandervoort.

I suspect the CPAC crowd would have scorned him as a “RINO” — “Republican In Name Only.” Stevens is also famous for observing, “It is easy to protect the interests of the rich and powerful. But it is a great labor to protect the interests of the poor and downtrodden.”

“Socialism!” I can almost hear the CPAC chorusing at that “heresy” from the Republican dubbed “the Great Commoner” by a Stevens biographer.

Berry CraigStevens wrote, “I will be satisfied if my epitaph shall be written thus: ‘Here lies one who never rose to any eminence, who only courted the low ambition to have it said that he had striven to ameliorate the condition of the poor, the lowly, the downtrodden of every race and language and color.’”

The words chiseled on his grave marker are a little different, but the spirit is the same. Either way, they are a fitting and tragic farewell for the party of Lincoln and Liberty and Thad Stevens that is long gone.

Berry Craig

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