On Thursday, March 15th Republicans held their “Spirit of Lincoln Dinner” at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, not counting on the fact that Lincoln would actually be there in spirit to disavow them.
While America’s most beloved President was a member of the Republican Party, the similarities end there.
This week, Corbett signed House Bill 934 restricting the voting access to Pennsylvanians who do not have Photo ID. Widely denounced by experts and civil rights activists alike as addressing a problem that doesn’t exist, to discriminate at the polls against citizens less likely to share Corbett’s values, the bill outraged the man who said “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent”.
To protest Republican policies, as well to defend Lincoln’s spirit, OnePittsburgh joined activists outside of the convention center to call them out. “Lincoln” himself gave a speech, denouncing the direction the state is heading.
To counter Corbett’s policy of slashing education, Lincoln cited his 1832 address to the Illinois State Legislature:
“Upon the subject of education, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.”
And while Corbett favors preserving tax loopholes for corporations, refusing to even tax gas drilling in PA, under the pretense of “job creation”, Lincoln came down on the side of the 99% with a quote from his 1861 State of the Union address:
“Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”
Lincoln pleaded with the Republicans to return to the party’s original ideals before leading the crowd on a march around the convention center.