A Republican Whose Legacy Lives On

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A Republican Whose Legacy Lives On

At their national conventions, Republicans often quote or refer to the legacy of Abe Lincoln, but a more appropriate symbol of the Republican Party's honor and integrity may be the GOP's very first presidential nominee: John C. Frémont.

On this date in the year 1848, Frémont — who was then a U.S. Army Major — was found guilty by a court martial on the grounds of mutiny and disobeying orders.

Although this decision was later reversed by President James K. Polk, Frémont chose to resign his military commission. Frémont was chosen as the Republican Party's presidential nominee in June 1856.

Like Richard Nixon, Frémont abused his power. Like Dick Cheney, he used his political connections to become a multimillionaire.

At least Frémont was an abolitionist. There, I said something nice about him.

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