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Abraham Lincoln

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 11:08 AM
Hero worship is a mistake. But never more so than when politicians are deified. Rather than monuments to ex-Presidents, we should put our ideals on pedestals: Liberty, Freedom, Inalienable Rights, Equal Protection Under the Law. Those are the American things worthy of worship. Politicians, by contrast, are power-worshiping, self-centered, narcissistic opportunists, one or two notches below Amway or timeshare salesmen in terms of character.
RepubRob2 Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 11:22 AM
Until your last sentence, I was totally with you. We should hold up our ideals rather than the humans in whom we entrust their execution. Liberals mock conservatives when they reveal their feet of clay, but we should not be defensive about it when that happens. We should hold up our ideals and celebrate them when we achieve them, but should not be ashamed when we fall short.

goatlocker, politicians don't have different DNA than me and you. They aren't attracted to elected office because they have some genetic disorder. But we are all human, and power corrupts. That's why we should habitually vote for the non-incumbent as a matter of principle.
Mack30 Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 11:51 AM
But Rob2, incumbency doesn't alter good DNA into bad. It's a matter of character. One of my Senators is Dr. Tom Coburn. I was proud to vote for him twice because he is a man of sturdy and decent character who has remained disgusted at the corrupt, thieving sideshow that is Washington DC. He's one of the few that will walk out of DC the same honest man he was when he walked in.

On the opposite side of the coin there are the Chuck Schumers of the world...
goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 1:25 PM
My hyperbole isn't intended to be taken literally. You're right - all humans are flawed characters.

But politicians have power that makes them vastly more dangerous than most men.

In the military, we're called upon to set aside and sacrifice self-interest in the name of service. We too often fall short of that ideal. But for the most part, as a whole, we come close.

Politicians call what they do service, too. Yet they're unwilling to make choices that run counter their own personal fortunes. They hide behind demagoguery. They obfuscate. They use the power of public treasury and law for personal gain, without regard to the impact on the welfare of the general public. I find that despicable. They should be denigrated and ridiculed.
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has been a box-office hit and nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrayed our 16th president. I haven't seen the movie; therefore, this column is not about the movie but about a man deified by many. My colleague Thomas DiLorenzo, economics professor at Loyola University Maryland, exposed some of the Lincoln myth in his 2006 book, "Lincoln Unmasked." Now comes Joseph Fallon, cultural intelligence analyst and former U.S. Army Intelligence Center instructor, with his new e-book, "Lincoln Uncensored." Fallon's book examines 10 volumes of collected writings and...