Lincoln reunited the Union from legal session as codified in the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution. Lincoln waged war on civilians and private property in his campaign to burn and pillage the South which violated the Geneva Convention of 1863. He suspended habeas corpus and imprisoned thousands of political prisoners in the North for disagreeing with him or speaking out with no charge. He banished a representative of congress from the United States for speaking against his policies at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. Lincoln censured the press and limited its distribution by the postal service if it did not agree with his policies and censured and restricted telegraph communications.
After the first seven states seceded from the Union, he required the other states to call up a total of 600,000 troops to crush the rebellion and the next four states seceded because of that unconstitutional act. Most would be surprised to find that Lincoln and Robert E. Lee had exactly the same views on emancipation. Further, in 1861, the governor of Kentucky freed his slaves and Lincoln over turned that act to safe guard the state’s neutral status. During the Civil War there were four Union slave states and the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 did not apply to any of them.
Here’s your quote for the day:
“I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between white and black races. There is a physical difference between the two, which, in my judgement, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality: and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position. I have never said anything to the contrary” – Lincoln Douglas Debates, Ottawa, Illinois (Union State) 1858.
Lincoln’s primary aim was not the end of slavery, but the unconstitutional enforcement of the Union, violation of state’s rights, creation of an all-powerful centralized (federal) government to build a powerful empire on the world stage – all at the cost of 620,000 dead, destruction of 40% of the national economy, war on civilians and personal property in violation of the 1863 Geneva Convention, subjugation of the South for 12 years after the war with White Males disenfranchised (no vote), required loyalty oaths (Lee was never again allowed to be a citizen), while the “negro” was given the vote. Actions, which created the new hatred among the races and put us on the track to foreign entanglements.
In fact, you can say, the history of the United States, as you have known it in your life time started in 1865. The seventy some years prior to the Civil War, the country was a union of free states, focused on individual rights and the constitutional limits of government, with the right of secession. This country, born of secession from the English Crown, with state’s right of secession codified in the Tenth Amendment, was then subverted and the birth of the Industrial Defense conglomerate began, just 33 years later, our first overseas imperial war of conquest and interference on the international stage, the Spanish American War of 1898. (Some excerpts from: The Real Lincoln, Dilorenzo.)
Over time, really good propaganda, written by victors morphs into popular history and is taught us in our formative years in public schools. Those are some hard paradigms to bust and the war to end slavery myth is one of the most enduring. Never mind that the Europeans ended slavery without a war, that importation of slaves to the US was outlawed in 1807, long before the Civil War and that states like Virginia were moving toward emancipation – or, that Europeans were engaged in slavery by proxy. All that they had to do was boycott slave produced cotton and tobacco to end the practice over night.
If the mob of ignorance is really hell bent to remove statues, that 19′ Zeus like statue in DC is the one that should be removed.
History, helps if you actually read some.
Thanks Abe, time to hide some more statues.
Oh, I'm a good old Rebel, now that's just what I am; For this "Fair Land of Freedom" I do not give a damn! I'm glad I fit against it, I only wish we'd won, And I don't want no pardon for anything I done.