Saturday, November 7, 2020

The Problem with Lincoln By: Thomas DiLorenzo

 Let me start by saying that ANY negative book about Lincoln is considered blasphemy to the Lincoln lovers.  Lincoln is an interesting man, not so much for positive things he did but more for how he is claimed by both political parties here in the US as well as, ironically, tyrants of the rest of the world. 

The Republicans love to claim Lincoln as their way of proving they are not racist and the Democrats need to keep Lincoln as a savior since they claim, falsely that the two parties swapped.  The problem runs much deeper.  There are many "dismissed" issues of what Lincoln did that are the third-rail for the Lincoln Lovers.  Such as the letter he wrote to Horace Greeley

I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be "the Union as it was." If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.

It is clear to anyone during cursory research that the "Civil War" was in fact NOT fought to end slavery.  Lincoln clearly did not care one-way or the other about slavery.  Slavery was a tool for Lincoln to cover up his tyrannical ways of governing.  Here is the rub:

  • Lincoln allowed slavery in 4 States during the "War to End Slavery"  Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri and the newly, unlawfully created West Virginia.
  • Suspension of Habeas Corpus 
  • Either invaded and attacked his own country men if they were still part of the Union or was an invader to the South and declared total war.  It can't be both.  One is treason and the other is a war crime.
  • Declared total war on citizens that had nothing to do with the war save that they lived in the South.
  • Supported, upheld and enforced the Fugitive Slave Act.

There are so many more examples.  However I WILL say that the slaves' plight was advanced in fact because of those moves Lincoln made regardless of WHY he did them. 

I understand that Lincoln Lovers think badly about Mr. DiLorenzo.  You can absolutely disagree with him, but if you look at the facts, they are true.  

Sadly our history is being re-written to support the victim mindset and as we all know, history repeats itself.  I would rather have books, statues, songs, movies, et al reminding us of how abhorrent slavery was and where we have come.  A read a book by Adam Corrola and in it, he talks about the "Progressive" movement.  He uses the analogy of smoking in a restaurant.  You use to be able to smoke in a restaurant.  Then there was a smoking and non-smoking section, then they said you can only smoke by the bar, then they said you had to smoke outside, then they said you were too close to the entrance and you had to walk down the street.  It reminds my of this great country or what was once a great country.  Sadly the US has become a Banana Republic where corruption reins supreme.  We now have voter fraud (you can say no, but we all have seen the videos), state run media where they cover for one party and lie about the other, and a social media that crushes free speech.  The saddest thing about it, is that there is no putting that genie back in the bottle.  

Hardcover : 240 pages
Item Weight : 1 pounds
Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
ISBN-13 : 978-1684510184
Publisher : Regnery History (July 7, 2020)
Language: : English


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