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Spielberg’s Lincoln is a Grand Tribute to a Masterful Leader

ronb28135 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 8:50 AM
Lincoln was our first dictator. He was a tyrant & not Mr. nice guy at all. His policies resulted in the murder, by Union armies, of Southern boys who were defending their homes. Lincoln’s War of Northern Aggression was waged to force the South back into the Union, not to free the slaves. He wanted the taxes & customs’ house monies from the South for the federal coffers. He wasn’t the first president to wage war for his personal agenda, but up to that time he was the biggest spender. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued to free slaves in the belligerent states only, not in the North. Lincoln needed it to revive the sagging support in the North for his war in the South. It gave his armies a new cause to kill & die needlessly for.
michigander4 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 1:44 PM
RE: "Lincoln was our first dictator."

If Lincoln was a dictator, he had a lot of help, namely the governors of the northern states. When Lincoln "asked" (not ordered) the governors to send troops, they willingly did so. They could have just as easily refused. Even if Lincoln had "ordered" them to send troops, they could have refused because Lincoln had no way of enforcing such an order. Therefore, portraying him as some sort of despotic dictator doesn't comport with the facts.
MatthewlovesAyn Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 3:49 PM
Sending troops to smash printing presses doesn't suggest tyranny to you? Suspending a good portion of the Bill of Rights is just fine? Subjugating the south for attempting to peacefully withdraw from the union doesn't make for a dictator? Well, okay then.
michigander4 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 9:47 PM
You're trying to deflect from my original point. All I'm saying is Lincoln couldn't have done any of these allegedly illegal acts without the troops provided by the governors of the northern states.

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is a different film than one would expect from the brilliant filmmaker responsible for unforgettable films like “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan.” Unlike those two features, “Lincoln” takes place on a much smaller scale.

When its trailer arrived in theaters several months ago, many viewers undoubtedly believed that the film would attempt to tell Abraham Lincoln’s complete story, focusing on a young Illinois lawyer who became president and saved the Union from self-destruction. But this movie isn’t about that, nor is it simply a noble and simplistic tribute to the 16th President. The film is, instead,...