Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln is almost universally admired as one of the greatest presidents of the United States and worshipped by some as “The Great Emancipator”, almost as if he was sent from above to bring about the abolishment of slavery. Neither of these popular beliefs about Lincoln is even remotely true. Lincoln was an admitted racist, a war criminal, and a suspected whoremonger. Not exactly the bright and shining image that is typically presented, huh? I guess the qualifications to get your faced carved into a mountain are pretty low after all.
What most people fail to realize is that Lincoln’s masterpiece, The Emancipation Proclamation did not free a single slave. That’s right, not one single person was released from bondage because of that piece of paper. The reason I refer to it as just a piece of paper is because frankly, it didn’t hold any more weight or validity than a common piece of scrap paper. This is because the proclamation only was valid in the states of the Confederacy which he had no sway over because they had left the Union! The document specified that henceforth all slaves in the states that were in rebellion were free. Therefore, what he did was pass a law that could not be enforced because those states were no longer a part of the United States. So instead of freeing the slaves in the states that did not secede, where he actually still had some authority, he left them in chains. Why would he do this you ask? Read on, I’ll explain.
Another fact that people fail to understand is that Lincoln didn’t emancipate the slaves out of the kindness of his heart or because he felt that blacks were the equal of whites, he did it as a war measure. He felt that if he proclaimed that the slaves of the South were free it would result in a mass uprising and that all of the Confederate troops would go home to defend their families against what he assumed would be a wild and savage slave revolt. This of course, did not happen. Here are a couple of quotes from the Great Emancipator himself just to make crystal clear his feelings about the superiority of his own race.
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the Negro should be denied everything."
“My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause."
Wow, those words sure do warm the heart! So there you have it, Lincoln felt that black people were inferior to whites in every way as long as the Union was preserved, he did not care if they remained slaves for all time. He said these things and made his feelings clear because THE WAR WAS NOT PRIMARILY ABOUT SLAVERY! The introduction of the abolishment of slavery as a war goal was not done until after Gettysburg when Lincoln realized that he needed a moral way to excuse the war so it wouldn’t be seen as what it really was, a money grab!
Lincoln also had a great career as a war criminal and hypocrite. See, just 13 years before he decided to invade the South he had the following to say about the right of secession.
“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit. — Abraham Lincoln January 12, 1848”
I guess he changed his mind because that tune surely changed when a good portion of his tax base decided to exercise the right he had earlier supported with such vigor. Not only did his tune change about the right of the people to secede, he decided that they would make wonderful targets to terrorize in his nasty little war and authorized his generals to rape, murder, and burn them out of their homes and businesses. If you need proof of this, just think about Atlanta. When the Union army marched into Atlanta, the Confederate army had already retreated from the city. It was full of those too poor to leave, slaves, and the wounded. That small fact did not matter though because the city was still burned almost entirely to the ground for pure sport. Not just military installations or supplies but the entire city including the homes of its inhabitants! That was not nearly enough innocent blood for Lincoln though, because he then authorized Sherman to keep on burning the homes and businesses of citizens until he reached Savannah and the sea! Gosh, what a great and kind man he was!
While I could go on and on about the many sterling qualities of Mr. Lincoln, I think, I will finish with my favorite of his peccadilloes. When trying to decide if he would marry his future wife, Mary Todd, he confided in a friend that he suspected that he had contracted syphilis from a prostitute and did not want to infect a reputable woman. Yep, Lincoln loved the ladies of the night! How thoughtful of him though not to want to spread his disease to the future Mrs. Lincoln. It is interesting to note that throughout their marriage Mrs. Lincoln suffered from many psychological problems which are a leading symptom of someone infected with late term syphilis.
Despite all of this, the man is nearly worshipped as the savior of the United States. If people would just stop for a second and read a history book or question the dribble that is spoon fed to them by our federally funded schools, they might realize that not everything is as it seems. The truth is easy enough to find if you just bother to look for it. Please people, exercise your minds, question what you are told as truth and then inform your friends that they are all being lied to. So, to wrap things up, Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln, you racist, war criminal, whoremonger!