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Lincoln Re-Examined

true liberal Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 7:52 AM
More Lincoln whitewash and the reason why we are in the mess that we are in. Lincoln was a despot, pain and simple. He made up the Constitution where there was no right for States to secede when in actuality the Founders made it clear that the Union was a voluntary pact. Lincoln was a zealot and has the blood of over 600k soldiers on his hands to prove it. Lincoln talked of liberty and ending slavery. Ironically, he enslaved the States and disolved their liberty in order to attain his goal.
Rondoman Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 9:59 AM
Actually, the south had laws in place to educate blacks so that when they were released, they could earn independent livings. There were also white slaves, called indentured servants, and black slave owners, one of the wealthiest being a man named Ellison whose net worth was about 100 times the average of a southern white. Ellison was also one of the cruelest slave owners and was a member of distinction of the white "Whiskeypalian" church.
Texas Chris Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 11:00 AM
Not that there wasn't racism in the south. It was rampant. But the forced desegregation that followed the brutal invasion, the heavy taxation, the death of so many working-aged males, only added insult to injury.
Every schoolchild with enough smarts and curiosity to get beyond the latest video game of "Call of Duty" ought to go see "Lincoln," the movie, and check out the references and his own attention span. It requires patience, but it shows through dramatic action how a self-taught rustic from the deep backwoods had the emotional and intellectual discipline to overcome poverty and grow up to be a president to rank among the greatest.

This is not about the American Dream or a Horatio Alger story. (Does anybody remember him?) Nor is it mythmaking. It's made of sterner stuff than that....