5 Points to Consider
Remember- To the Victor goes the Textbooks.
Lincoln should be the most controversial president in American history. However, Lincoln is often revered, and even idolized, by some Americans. This can be from ignorance or partisan statism. I will have extensive blog posts about Abe Lincoln in the very near future that will be much more formal than what I present here.
The Lincoln myth goes something like this… “Honest Abe never told a lie, was a common man, loved black people, and freed the slaves.” Instead consider this – “Lincoln was a trial lawyer, a railroad lobbyist, a tariff and mercantilism supporter, and a vocal racist.” Today we would consider him a political insider (elitist) and a racist bigot.
“President Lincoln is on record time after time rejecting the idea of racial equality. But whenever anyone brings this up, the Lincoln partisans go to the extreme to smear the bearer of bad news.” -Thomas J. DiLorenzo
Here are the facts:
1. Lincoln opposed racial equality
During the 4th debate between Steven Douglas and Lincoln, Abe let his true colors show when he said this:
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way social and political equality of the white and black races, [applause] – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”
2. Lincoln’s plan was to deport all Africans to Liberia or the Central American coal mines (coal was needed for the railroads which Lincoln lobbied for)
Lincoln was a member of an organization called the American Colonization Society. The ACS mission was to remove all Africans from America and send them back to Africa. Liberia was colonized for this purpose. Up until Lincoln’s assassination, deporting Africans was his ultimate goal.
3. Lincoln was an enemy to the Constitution
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln had journalists arrested for writing critical news articles about him?
Did you know when Lincoln illegally declared Martial Law and Chief Justice Taney and the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional? Did you know that Lincoln then issued an arrest warrant for Justice Taney and put him under house arrest?
The 10th Amendment is the legal basis for secession. Lincoln called secession “treason” and started a War of Aggression on the South. It is illegal for the president to start a war. Per the Constitution, only Congress has that authority.
These are only a few examples of his treason to the Constitution.
4. The “Civil War” was NOT fought over slavery
The term “Civil War” is actually an inaccurate term. A more appropriate title would be Lincoln’s War, The War Against Southern Independence, or The War of Northern Aggression.
The reason Lincoln waged war on the South was because he didn’t believe in the voluntary union our Founders created. Lincoln favored a perpetual coercive union. He did not believe in States Rights like our Founders, he believed in consolidating power to the central state (federal govt).
Lincoln’s policy towards slavery during The War was – you can keep your slaves if you are loyal to the Union. That’s why there was still slavery in the North after The Emancipation Proclamation (which only applied to a foreign country i.e. The South).
For those who still say “The Civil War was fought over slavery,” consider Lincoln’s own words (quote from a letter from Lincoln to Robert Greeley):
“My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or 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.”
The South paid over 75% of all federal taxes, due to the tariffs that Lincoln supported. Lincoln had no plans of changing the economic policies that plundered the southern economy.
5. Lincoln and Sherman Committed War Crimes
“To the petulant and persistent secessionists, why, death is mercy.”
-General William T. Sherman,
January 31, 1864
When the South left the Union, Lincoln sought to punish his political rivals. (Remember, Lincoln wasn’t even on the ballot in the South, and he barely won his election.) South Carolina was no longer part of the United States when the shots at Fort Sumter were fired. Union troops were foreign occupiers and provoked South Carolinians to defend their state. Lincoln conscripted (drafted) northern men to be cannon fodder (expendable) for his unnecessary war. The South also conscripted military aged men to defend their homeland from northern aggressors.
Total War is a politically correct term for what Lincoln and Sherman did. Total War really means war crimes and violating the 1863 Geneva rules for warfare. What Lincoln and Sherman did was not honorable. Sherman gave his soldiers “Right to Rape” orders, meaning that Union soldiers could have their way with southern women, often times in front of children and other relatives. Union troops would then burn down southerners’ farms after stealing all the valuables. The North’s “Total War” also meant waging war on civilians; that meant killing innocent people, including women and children.
So, was Lincoln the “Great Emancipator” or a brutal dictator? I’ll let you decide.
February 17, 2016 AD
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