Spreading the Truth About "Honest [sic] Abe" on the Occasion of His Bicentennial
I also greatly appreciate Jeffrey Rogers Hummel's contribution to today's Chicago Tribune that further punches holes in the Lincoln-as-national-redeemer-savior-and-liberator nonsense (a thank-you to Sheldon Richman for posting the link to this on his blog). If anything, Professor Hummel is too kind to Lincoln's memory, although he thoroughly grasps the magnitude of the destruction Lincoln wrought upon the constitutional government established by America's founders. He does, however, make one comment that I particularly took issue with, which is the statement that he had no reason to believe that Lincoln did not find slavery "abhorrent" as an institution, despite has transparently political motives for "emancipation."
The fact is that Lincoln's "abhorrence" of slavery was based solely on political and economic considerations, not moral ones. Indeed, Lincoln's own written and oral legacy make one thing perfectly clear: He didn't give a damn about blacks in general, or slaves in particular. In fact, he wanted all of them expelled from the United States to colonies in Africa or Latin America. This fact alone makes Barack Obama''s frequent citations of and self-comparisons to Abominable Abe so surreal*. Does he not realize that Abominable Abe is probably churning in his grave at the idea of a black president of the United States? Of course we know that Obama's Lincoln invocations are nothing but political grandstanding. Ignorant as he might be of real American history, Obama is well aware that the majority of the Amoricon people over which he rules is even more so, and that his platitudinous nonsense will be swallowed whole, paving the way for him to repeat and magnify the very abuses Lincoln perpetrated as president.
May my fellow Americans consider this day one of shame rather than celebration, for it marks the birth of the man who began the accelerated destruction of our liberty-based nation that is now approaching its apex.
(* For a truly nausea-inducing display of His Imperial Holiness's time-and-space-rending ignorance of American history in general and his "great white idol" in particular, see here)