Friday, August 26, 2011
Some summarised thoughts on Abraham Lincoln's legacy
A Christian brother and I were chatting about Ron Paul and some Paul-ites' tendency to talk about Abraham Lincoln and how he was not a very good President.
This brother expressed some reservations over this, considers Lincoln to be a good president because his actions led to the end of slavery in America, and is glad the Union won the War Between the States.
Here are some of my thoughts on this:
I was referring more to Lincoln's wanton invasion of a sovereign country, which was unjust and unconstitutional.
In doing so, he was the main cause behind a conflict that cost $billions and was responsible for more than 1 million American dead.
His stated motivations were the preservation of the Union, which he had no right to do, not ending slavery. I'd argue that 1 million dead and half the country wrecked would not be sufficient justification for ending slavery. Especially since the institution would have eventually come to an end anyway.
Slavery is quite bad, but unjust war and 1 million dead is worse.
That's all I was saying. It's not really about slavery at all, but rather about the President deciding to forcefully re-annex territory lost because they felt unjustly treated and thus voted their consciences. He grossly violated the democratic process by beating the South into submission because they did something he disagreed with - removing themselves from a Union that wasn't agreeable to them anymore.
It's really a shame that it's nearly impossible to educate anyone in America about this without them screaming "racissss!!!!!"
I myself learned to love Lincoln b/c I was force-fed "Lincoln was a hero" in my pubblyk skrewel, and only later in life did I actually critically analyse the issue.
But I certainly plan on making sure my children learn the truth about this part of history. OTOH I see what you're saying about it reducing a candidate's electability. The American electorate is largely a bunch of unregenerate fools, and it certainly shows in not only who gets elected but who the candidates always are - nincompoops, wimps, and globalists.