If the Democrats, who I prefer to label Demo-Bolsheviks succeed, they will be following a precedent established by Lincoln and the Republicans during the War to Prevent Southern Independence. Lincoln first orchestrated the addition of the last slave state to enter the union – West Virginia. His policy was always that any state could keep its slaves as long as its citizens kept paying federal taxes and obeying Washington, D.C.’s dictates, especially those that called for higher taxes. West Virginia was explicitly exempted from the Emancipation Proclamation right in the text of the document, as were all other areas of the South where the Union Army was in control at the time. This guaranteed that the Proclamation would emancipate no one.