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.
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...
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