The legend of Lincoln

The most compelling reason for American conservatives to be ashamed and embarrassed with the origin of the Republican Party is that it’s the “Party of Lincoln.” Of course, times have changed and current conditions and support cannot necessarily be tied to past events or individuals. However, the Party has sprung from a sad, tragic and ignoble history researched and chronicled by Thomas J. DiLorenzo in his 2003 book, “The Real Lincoln.” Some people believe it has changed little from the 1860s.

The movie “Lincoln” by Spielberg now comes to haunt us with the ghostly images of this president—spun by revisionist historians. Spielberg crafts impressive visual art; but his work is historically incomplete. Some actual characters and events show up, but are not fully developed or completely explained—the real Lincoln is hidden from us behind Hollywood imagery.

DeLorenzo reveals that “much of what has been written about Lincoln is myth.”

It’s difficult to be indoctrinated with a legendary story such as Lincoln’s effort to “save the Union” (with military oppression), repeated and embellished for decades, and suddenly find that other information previous unrevealed refutes accepted ideology. Hearsay and anecdotal information can be rejected, but not historical evidence.

The image of “Father Abraham” as emancipator and humanitarian is false. In the forward to DiLorenzo’s book Dr. Walter E. Williams writes that it contains “irrefutable evidence” that “Abraham Lincoln is not the Great Emancipator, but the Great Centralizer.” Worse, he’s been described by many historians as a “dictator.”

I’ll not here attempt to convince readers of this truth. Rather, I quote a short segment of DiLorenzo’s introduction to the book and suggest that people read the full text:

“Lincoln remains the most important American political figure in history because the War Between the States so fundamentally transformed American government. Before the war, government in America was highly decentralized. The war created the highly centralized state that Americans labor under today. The purpose of American government was transformed from the defense for individual liberty to the quest for empire.”

Readers will discover that DiLorenzo exposes the legend of Lincoln and the dark history of his political party; they will find much they probably never knew about the Lincoln agenda and the horrible, unnecessary and unconstitutional war he pursued.

Read and learn for yourself.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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