Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Just a few things I'm sure Spielburg didn't mention in his movie...
Lincoln’s law partner states that, "Mr. Lincoln coveted honor and was eager for power. He was impatient of any interference that delayed or obstructed his progress.
He stood in direct conflict to the ideas of the founding fathers; they would not have supported Lincoln's economic policies of protectionism and the idea of a stronger central government. They would have choked at the idea of invading the southern states to "save" the union.
The war itself was fought over economic issues. Lincoln did not care about slavery and said repeatedly that it was not the cause of the war. This was confirmed by congress through the Crittenden Johnson resolution of July 1861. The war was actually caused by the invasion of 11 States that sought the same rights as their forefathers, to governed by something that had the consent of the people…
Lincoln said in his inaugural speech that there would be no invasions accept to collect taxes. American Heritage magazine in 1996 said that tariffs were a prime cause of the Civil War. Two weeks after Sumter Lincoln ordered a blockade of the South claiming tariff collection as his only motive.
There was no income tax in 1860, the government was funded by tariffs. The South being an agricultural society conservatively accounted for about 70% of the nation’s imports and therefore paid at least 70% of the nation’s taxes, yet the South only represented about 33% of the nation’s population. To add insult, most of the taxes collected in the South were spent in the North on roads, bridges, canals and railroads.
Lincoln was a sectional candidate, his New Republican Party was the only political party that was exclusively Northern in its affiliation and had virtually no Southern support. Elected by less than 40% of the popular vote, he did not even carry Philadelphia and New York two of the North’s largest cities. In the North he became an aloof dictator, shutting down over 200 newspapers that questioned his policies, he imprisoned Maryland legislators on suspicion of Southern sympathies, he deported his most vocal opponent in Congress, and violated the 2nd Amendment by disarming the border states.
He was the consummate politician who spoke out of both sides of his mouth, saying one thing to one audience and the opposite to another. His Emancipation Proclamation was the most hypocritical document ever written: it freed few if any slaves; it only applied to slaves in states that were in rebellion. Lincoln had no control over the states in rebellion, he couldn’t buy a newspaper in Charleston SC, let alone free slaves there. However, slaves in states where he did have control, those he did not free. For them it was as if no proclamation had ever been written. He himself admitted that the proclamation had No legal or Constitutional Justification.
He was adamantly opposed to racial equality, actually using the words "superior and inferior" to describe the "appropriate" relation between the white and black races. See his campaign speech in Charleston Illinois in 1858.
He opposed giving blacks the right to vote, to serve on juries, or to intermarry with whites. He supported the legal rights of slave owners and the Fugitive Slave Act. He pledged his support of a constitutional amendment (Corwin Amendment) that would have prohibited the federal government from ever interfering with Southern slavery. He was a railroad industry lobbyist who championed corporate welfare.
He once represented a slave owner in a case in which he sought to recover his runaway slaves. Lincoln lost the case and the slaves gained their freedom. He advocated sending all blacks back to Africa, Central America, or Haiti – anywhere but the U.S.
He opposed the extension of slavery into the territories so that "free white people" would not have to compete with blacks for jobs. He opposed black citizenship in Illinois and supported the state’s constitution, which prohibited the emigration of black people into the state.
He was the head of the Illinois Colonization Society, which advocated the use of state tax dollars to deport the small number of free blacks that resided within the state.
He sent troops to New York City to put down a draft riot by shooting hundreds of them in the streets. He was an enemy of free-market capitalism.
He started a war over tax collection that ended up killing 800,000 Americans and wounding and maiming hundreds of thousands more.
He promoted the lie that no such thing as state sovereignty ever existed to "justify" his invasion and conquest of the Southern states. He refused to meet with Confederate peace commissioners before the war to work out a peaceful compromise. The South was willing to pay it’s portion of the national debt and pay for all property confiscated by the South. He provoked Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas and Tennessee to secede by launching a military invasion of their sister states. All four of these states had previously voted not to secede but now reversed themselves.
Although he used religious rhetoric in his speeches when it was politically expedient, Lincoln almost certainly was not a Christian. Lincoln struggled with severe depression.
Lincoln admirer Carl Marx sent him a congratulatory letter after his reelection in 1864; in which he stationed armed guards at polling places to intimidate voters.
On giving blacks the rights to full citizenship Lincoln stated on September 18 1858, “If the State of Illinois had that power, I should be against the exercise of it. That is all I have to say about it.”
Finally, by his own words Lincoln incriminates himself, in his first inauguration speech when he says; "We denounce the lawless invasion by armed force of the soil of any State or Territory, no matter under what pretext, as the gravest of crimes.”
We find the definition of treason in Article III section 3 of the Constitution where it states that “Treason against the United States shall consist only, in levying war against them...”
Lincoln was never president of more than half the country and no matter how you slice it, Union soldiers were not fighting to free slaves and Confederates were not fighting to keep them. There is nothing in the Constitution saying secession is illegal. Therefore, logic tells us there must be another reason.
Lincoln said his sole purpose for invading the South was to preserve the Union. Why force states to remain in the Union that did not want to be there? Why not just let the South go? Taxes that’s why. “Let the South go!” he said “where then shall we get our revenue?” (Bledsoe Treatise is J. Davis a traitor?)
Famed abolitionist Fredrick Douglas gave a scathing indictment of Lincoln’s racial policies in an April 14th 1876 speech, at which President Grant was in attendance. “He was preeminently the white man’s President, entirely devoted to the welfare of white men. He was ready and willing at any time during the first years of his administration to deny, postpone, and sacrifice the rights of humanity in the coloured people to promote the welfare of the white people of this country.”
Hardly seems the description of a Great Emancipator.