You don’t need another reminder of how Republicans and Democrats can be vastly different in their thinking. It seems lately that the right is being dominated by those who are super conservative and the left is being dominated by super liberals. These two polar opposites butt heads, as we can plainly see with Donald Trump’s ridiculous and outrageous stances on civil rights as opposed to Bernie Sanders’s compassionate views.
But what does this have to do with the Emancipation Proclamation? With an astounding one in every 5 Republicans against the freeing of slaves, does that make them racist or just anti-government? Read on to see how stubborn and regressive some voters are.
Shaking my head
A Great Executive Order
Let’s take a little refresher course. The Emancipation Proclamation is one of the greatest executive orders in American history. What was it? An order issued by great President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863 that freed over three million slaves. But what is an executive order? It’s a legally binding order issued by the president to an executive branch of the government and having the force of law.
What does this really mean? A president’s desire to bypass Congress. They are not required to approve any executive order, nor can it overturn an order. This gives the President a lot of power, but executive orders have been used since George Washington.
Why does this matter now, during the presidential primaries? Well according to a poll by YouGov last month, 20% of Republicans disagree with the civil rights of black people to no longer be slaves. That’s one in five people and that’s a severly frightening amount of Americans. Is that they are opposed to the executive order in principle or because they are actually racist?