"President Obama was sworn into office placing his hand on Abraham Lincoln's Bible. That is the last Bible I would use to be sworn into office. You say, 'Why? Didn't Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation free your ancestors?' It all depends where they were living. Let's examine the document's text to see why. . . The hypocrisy of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation came in for heavy criticism. His Secretary of State William Seward said, 'We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them and holding them in bondage where we can set them free.' The New York World wrote, 'He has proclaimed emancipation only where he has notoriously no power to execute it. The exemption of the accessible parts of Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia renders the proclamation not merely futile, but ridiculous.' The London Spectator mocked, 'The principle (of the Proclamation) is not that a human being cannot justly own another, but that he cannot own him unless he is loyal to the United States.' " ~ Dr. Walter E. Williams
Just thought I'd spur some discussion . . . see the rest of Dr. Walter Williams's piece here.
Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.