Happy Birthday to the Republican Party, born this day in 1854.  In 1854, the Republican Party was founded as former members of the Whig Party met to establish a new party to oppose the spread of slavery into the western territories.

It's so ironic to think that the party that was created to stop slavery, that gave us Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves, the party that championed civil rights legislation has somehow been positioned in modern times as the party unfavorable to African-Americans.

The symbol of the party is an elephant which according to popular myth "Never Forgets." Too bad so many in America don't have the same memory capacity.  How different might our nation be, how different might the circumstances be for the African-American community if we remembered how the GOP started.

Unfortunately the Birthday Party has been cancelled due to distancing considerations of Coronavirus! (sheesh)