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...
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