the "Great Messiah"
Karen De Coster
Lincoln, as most of us were told in Mr. Smithís 9th-grade
history class, was a God-sent savior, a brilliant, articulate, and
diversity-loving individual, and the Messiah of the great "Union."
Most of us were brainwashed on enchanting quotations from the "great
man from the little log cabin." This week celebrates his birthday,
and may he be remembered for what he truly was. So let me begin
a short and biased Lincoln diatribe, and may it rattle Abeís grave
and leave him forever unsettled.
was a ruthless dictator of the most contemptible sort. A conniving
and manipulative man, and a scoundrel at heart, he was nowhere near
what old guard historians would have us believe.
has been transformed into the indomitable icon of the American Union.
But yet, this beast ruled the country by presidential decree, exercised
dictatorial powers over a free people, and proceeded to wage war
without a declaration from Congress. Lincoln blocked Southern shipping
ports, justifying his actions by saying "he would enforce all
laws and collect all revenues due the North." The blockades
were an act of war. He set his Northern Army upon the South at Fort
Sumter, and set in motion one of the most brutal attacks ever upon
freedom by maneuvering the South into firing the first shot at their
Mr. Smithís textbook would have us believe that Lincoln was a preservationist
of sorts, a man dedicated to preserving the grandeur of State ideals.
Most 9th-graders donít have the intellect to ask what
is so glorious about State ideals. Instead, they absorb just enough
to make it into ignorant adulthood. In fact, if they had questioned
these teachings, they would have discovered that Lincoln was a consummate
con man, manipulator, and a State-serving miscreant.
the march through Georgia during Lincolnís War of Northern Aggression,
and Sherman carved out a murderous campaign, maiming innocent civilians
and setting a precedent for the next centuryís bloody genocides
that followed. A fine exemplar was he, the Communists might say.
if the pure evil of the war to subjugate the Southern states stuggling
for independence was not unscrupulous enough, Lincoln was hardly
the watchman of the black race as portrayed by Mr. Smithís ninth-grade
history text, either. Lincoln had no fondness for the black man,
and in fact, often spoke with the candor of that which would make
him a modern-day racist of satanic proportions.
Lincoln scholar Tom DiLorenzo points out, Lincoln believed there
was an inherent inequality between the black and white race, and
held a conviction that a "superior position" should be
assigned to the white man over the black man due to this political
and social inequality. David Duke was forever browbeaten for muttering
anything even resembling this.
good historian at least understands that his goal was not to free
the slaves, as DiLorenzo correctly states. In 1862, Lincoln published
a letter stating, "My paramount object in this struggle is
to save the Union, and it 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. What I do about slavery and the colored race,
I do because I believe it helps to save the Union."
was the darling candidate of the moneyed industrialists of the North.
At the core of his political tenets was a government of high import
taxes, and his Republican party, whom he lead, passed the Morrill
tariff into law soon after taking office. To quote DiLorenzo, Lincoln
"even promised in his First Inaugural Address to launch an
invasion of any state that failed to collect its share of tariffs."
He was committing himself to collecting customs in the South, even
if that meant they would secede. The free-market economics of the
South were up for assault.
signed ten more tariff-raising bills. He manipulated the American
public into the first income tax, he handed out huge land grants
and monetary subsidies to transcontinental railroads (corporate
welfare), and he took the nation off the gold standard, allowing
the government to have absolute control over the monetary system.
Then, he virtually nationalized the banking system under the National
Currency Acts in order to establish a machine for printing new money
at will and to provide cheap credit for the business elite. This
mercantilist tyrant ushered in central banking, our greatest economic
curse to this day.
his "New Army" and the slaughter effort on the South put
into motion an unprecedented profusion of federal coercion against
free citizens, both North and South. By way of conscription, he
assembled a vast army by presidential decree, an act of flagrant
misconduct which drafted
individuals into slavery to the federal government. Additionally,
any war dissenters or advocates of a peaceful settlement with the
South were jailed, and, as even Mr. Smith knows, Habeus Corpus was
abolished for the duration of the war. He then tossed into the slammer
as many as 30,000 civilians WITHOUT due process of law for reasons
of criticizing the Lincoln administration, and suppressed HUNDREDS
of newspapers that did not support his war effort.
his Army stopped secession in its tracks, Lincoln created provisional
courts sympathetic to Northern aggression, invented the office of
Military Governor, and issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which
became a propaganda tool for historians in later years, though it
did not free the slaves in Northern-controlled areas.
said, Lincoln was a ruthless dictator, he set the precedent for
what is known as the "Imperial Presidency." He was the
most evil, damaging, aggressive, abominable, and destructive president
ever to defy American liberty. Happy Birthday, Abe.
De Coster is a politically incorrect CPA, and an MA student
in economics at Walsh College in Michigan.
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