Turning Good Into Evil

Will McCorkle asked:

Right now, I am teaching my U.S. History students about the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, when Lincoln freed all the Confederate slaves. While I was teaching this, I came across a very strange cartoon which is very relevant to today. In the cartoon, Lincoln is seen stepping on the Constitution and being influenced by the Devil himself to issue the document ensuring the freedom of the slaves. Today the cartoon shocks us. How can someone doing something as sacred as freeing human beings from ******* be seen as the worker of Satan? How can religion get so warped that what is positive and representative of the spirit of their faith is twisted in such a way to make it look evil?

Perhaps, the same can be said today in the latest health care debates. While everyone is free to have their own opinions about the issue and all of its ramifications. Those who are trying to paint Obama as some type of evil for trying to ensure that more Americans have healthcare will be shown by history to be just as wrong as those who painted Lincoln in this light. Those who made the important changes in the country whether it was Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, or King were all accused of being some type of evil. However, just they have been vindicated by history, history will surely vindicate the fight for health care reform that our president has fought for. Sometimes the true value of social progress can only be seen in the future.

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One Response to “Turning Good Into Evil”

  1. B. Nash says:

    Personally, I don’t think the health care bill is going to stand the test put to it in the legal arena-we’ll see…

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