Letters: This Fourth of July, remember Juneteenth — the day all Americans were finally free

This Fourth, remember Juneteenth

As America celebrated Juneteenth, let us reflect on a decision that did more to shape Republican values than any other decision in our party’s history. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves during the height of the Civil War – a move not supported by everyone at the time.

Lincoln is widely considered the father of the GOP and was instrumental in the formation of the party that it is today. He was attracted to the Republican Party because of the ideals outlined in the Declaration of Independence, even when struggling with the demands of the Civil War. He put the freedom of all the people ahead of his own popularity.

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