These violent delights have violent endsAnd in their triumph die, like fire and powder,Which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honeyIs loathsome in his own deliciousnessAnd in the taste confounds the appetite.
I like President Trump. I really do. He has the ability to do wonderful things for our country – including border security, restricting legal immigration, disposing illegal aliens, retarding and receding (to the degree that he can) the globalization that is fleecing our national industry and slashing wasteful government programs. In addition, presidents have a non-tangible way of setting the cultural tempo. This all works in our favor.
That being said, I was disappointed to see President Trump tour the Lincoln Memorial and later have a “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) concert on the grounds of the “Memorial” on the eve of his ascension. I’m not really going to hold it against him, but it does reinforce the myth that Lincoln is a martyred saint of the Republic – a republic now in name only thanks to his tyrannical and despotic destruction of our country.
In fact, I would wager that today Lincoln is more revered by the political and uneducated classes than practically all of our Founding Fathers. Although, that’s not surprising for the uneducated class – our public (and to a degree private) schools practically ignore the Founders (due to “muh slavery”) and elevate Lincoln to the pantheons of virtue and justice. That he wrecked the Republic, jailed dissidents, ignored the judicial branch, invaded neutral states, imposed martial law, suppressed the press, waged “total war” on women and children, conscripted alien recruits (recently arrived Europeans) as cannon fodder against the native stock and brought Gotterdammerung to the South means practically nothing today.
All that matters to the gatekeepers of public opinion and “good think” is the freeing of the slaves, as if that’s some sort of praiseworthy achievement. A midnight stroll through Newport News, New Orleans, Memphis, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Birmingham makes clear the folly in emancipation and the extinction of the practical and safe Jim Crow laws.
Furthermore, when the “Great Incarcerator” is invoked by the punditry, Lügenpresse and your run-of-the-mill political hacks and historians it is with a veneration only comparable to that other false idol of American politics – Martin Luther King, Jr. That King was a communist and whoremonger also mean very little to those with short attention spans and even shorter curiosities. In addition, both men, Lincoln and King, would have been mortal enemies to the great majority of the Founders. It’s a sad state that these two counterfeit deities are held in higher esteem than Washington, Jefferson and Madison.
Lincoln’s long list of faults and failures is exhausting, but always worth repeating – considering his ongoing beatification.
Below is a short, but concise, account of his tyrannical, wholly unconstitutional and violent delights during his (thankfully and righteously shortened) term as warlord of the United States.
- Failed to call Congress into session after the South fired upon Fort Sumter, in direct violation of the Constitution.
- Called up an army of 75,000 men, bypassing the Congressional authority in direct violation of the Constitution.
- Unilaterally suspended the writ of habeas corpus, a function of Congress, violating the Constitution. This gave him the power, as he saw it, to arrest civilians without charge and imprison them indefinitely without trial—which he did.
- Ignored a Supreme Court order to restore the right of habeas corpus, thus violating the Constitution again and ignoring the Separation of Powers which the Founders put in place exactly for the purpose of preventing one man’s using tyrannical powers in the executive.
- When the Chief Justice forwarded a copy of the Supreme Court’s decision to Lincoln, he wrote out an order for the arrest of the Chief Justice and gave it to a U.S. Marshall for expedition, in violation of the Constitution.
- Unilaterally ordered a naval blockade of southern ports, an act of war, and a responsibility of Congress, in violation of the Constitution.
- Commandeered and closed over 300 newspapers in the North, because of editorials against his war policy and his illegal military invasion of the South. This clearly violated the First Amendment freedom of speech and press clauses.
- Sent in Army forces to destroy the printing presses and other machinery at those newspapers, in violation of the Constitution.
- Arrested the publishers, editors and owners of those newspapers, and imprisoned them without charge and without trial for the remainder of the war, all in direct violation of both the Constitution and the Supreme Court order aforementioned.
- Arrested and imprisoned, without charge or trial, another 15,000-20,000 U.S. citizens who dared to speak out against the war, his policies, or were suspected of anti-war feelings. (Relative to the population at the time, this would be equivalent to President G.W. Bush arresting and imprisoning roughly 150,000-200,000 Americans without trial for “disagreeing” with the Iraq war; can you imagine?)
- Sent the Army to arrest the entire legislature of Maryland to keep them from meeting legally, because they were debating a bill of secession; they were all imprisoned without charge or trial, in direct violation of the Constitution.
- Unilaterally created the state of West Virginia in direct violation of the Constitution.
- Sent 350,000 Northern men to their deaths to kill 350,000 Southern men in order to force the free and sovereign states of the South to remain in the Union they, the people, legally voted to peacefully withdraw from, all in order to continue the South’s revenue flow into the North.
– Michael Hutcheson
“Sic semper tyrannis! The South is avenged” shouted John Wilkes Booth after slaying Lincoln at Ford’s Theater.
If only it had happened sooner.
A scourge to communists, scallywags, hipsters and feminists, Silas Reynolds calls anywhere south of the Potomac his home. He has a penchant for muscle cars, firearms and 80’s action movies.