Happy Birthday, Emancipation Proclamation

by DocJess, DemConWatch, Jan 01, 2013

We usher in 2013 with the Senate having passed a deal. We’ll see what today brings in the House. Today is a day for shopping and football, but most importantly, today is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

As we move forward as individuals with our resolutions, and as a country needing to make legal resolutions regarding guns (amoung other things), it pays to remember the words of Michael Moore:

We are a country whose leaders officially sanction and carry out acts of violence as a means to often an immoral end. We invade countries who didn’t attack us. We’re currently using drones in a half-dozen countries, often killing civilians.

This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to us as we are a nation founded on genocide and built on the backs of slaves. We slaughtered 600,000 of each other in a civil war. We “tamed the Wild West with a six-shooter,” and we rape and beat and kill our women without mercy and at a staggering rate: every three hours a women is murdered in the USA (half the time by an ex or a current); every three minutes a woman is raped in the USA; and every 15 seconds a woman is beaten in the USA.

We belong to an illustrious group of nations that still have the death penalty (North Korea, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran). We think nothing of letting tens of thousands of our own citizens die each year because they are uninsured and thus don’t see a doctor until it’s too late.

Why do we do this? One theory is simply “because we can.”

We have work to do. And today, I hope you will all take a minute and re-read the Emancipation Proclamation. Something just. Something important. Proof that we can do big things. Good things. Hope that moving forward, we can again, as a country, do good things, important things. Because we can.

The Emancipation Proclamation

January 1, 1863
A Transcription

By the President of the United States of America: A Proclamation. Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:

“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 or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free….

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