Rethinking Abe Lincoln~

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Abe Lincoln freed the slaves~~or so say the school teachers~~and Abe has perhaps the best reputation of any politician in American history, absent Mr. Jefferson~~slaveholder.  Does Abe deserve his reputation?  Let’s have a think~~

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Abe Lincoln is today honored~~even venerated~~by both conservatives and liberals~~but the reality is that Abe~~in unleashing his “total war” upon the south in the American war of secession~~enslaved Americans who merely wanted to be free of the American United States~~and to live in peace on their own.~~
 
While Abe has left for us a note that he was “engaged in a great civil war”~~he was there being duplicitous~~perhaps better~~diffident~~as~~the south simply wanted to leave the American Union and live by itself in peace~~which is secession~~not~~civil war.

 
I can only conclude that while Abe freed some slaves, he imprisoned and enslaved his fellow American southern citizens and forced them~~at gun point~~to remain part of a nation they wanted to leave.

 
Abe is~~invariably~~listed today as everybody’s American hero.
 
Yet~~it is reasonable to ask~~just how heroic was Abe’s behaviour?
 
Specifically~~How does Abe’s behaviour differ materially in substance and in kind from that of the English King George 111?
 
King George~~called by American school teachers all~~a tyrant and a rough and a rogue~~rained down violence on the infant Americans~~
 
As Abe spoke at Gettysburg~~”Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
 
~~Abe there referred to the infant Americans fighting King George 111~~because they did not want to be part of George’s Empire and, instead, to live in freedom and peace on their own.~~
 
King George 111 fought bloodily~~savagely~~to force the infant American United States~~at gunpoint~~to remain a part of the English Empire~~when the infant Americans simply wanted to leave King George’s Empire and be left alone in peace~~
 
That all said~~Does Abe really deserve his near~universal veneration today~~and deserve to have his face on an American fin?
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Dieu et mon droit~~

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Abe was a Republican and George a Royalist~~yet they shared an odd fondness for~~Dieu et mon droit~~God and MY right~~and a self-perceived divine ordinance to force men to knell before the thrones of their respective central governments~~and remain in bondage to Kings and Presidents~~when the people seek to live at peace and in freedom on their own~~knelling before no man~~
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While Abe was no day at the beach to look at, he had other, admirable qualities~~at least if they are tempered with some moderation~~I am most admirerous of good writing and speaking~~just a sucker born for both those talents, I am.  I will concede that~~from a writing standpoint~~Abe could bring what we used to call in my craft~~a “barn burner.”

 
I hear from school teachers that Abe not only wrote pretty~~but also spoke pretty~~a nettlesome combination in a political man~~as we all well know at Washington~~Abe’s speech at Gettysburg is an artwork and topped off by its being~~so~~blessedly~~brief~~modern political man~~make good note of that last bit~~brevity~~
Abe’s Gettysburg Address follows on now~~

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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It was a great speech~~one of the best~~but I was always in trouble at school because Lincoln is a sacred cow~~you can not even ask questions about him~~you simply must quietly make~~deep genuflection~~before him~~but to the southerners of my family Lincoln was no different from George 111~~both forced different generations and regions of the Americans to do what they did not want to do~~at the point of a gun~~

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In Memoriam~~

Abe Lincoln freed the slaves~~or so say the school teachers~~and Abe has perhaps the best reputation of any politician in American history, absent Mr. Jefferson~~slaveholder.  Does Abe deserve his reputation?  Let’s have a think~~

I can only conclude that while Abe freed some slaves, he imprisoned and enslaved his fellow American southern citizens and forced them~~at gun point~~to remain part of a nation they wanted to leave.

That all said~~Does Abe really deserve his near~universal veneration today~~and deserve to have his face on an American fin~~when his behaviour during the American war of secession constituted his turning his back on his fellow citizens of the south~~and enslaving them in a Union they no longer wanted to live in?

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