It's all relative. What Lincoln brought forth was big government for that time. The fact that comparatively what he proposed and did is small compared to today's federal government doesn't change the fact that Lincoln and the GOP of that time were big government crony capitalists and they were bigots to boot. The slave owners and Confederates should be viewed in the context of the time as well. The states DID have more power then, as the Founders intended. Whether they were "overconfident, abusive and arrogant" is a matter of opinion and philosophy and not a matter of historical fact.
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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