Draggingtree Posted May 29, 2016 Share Posted May 29, 2016 The Dark Side of Abraham Lincoln By Thomas Landess on Dec 10, 2015 By way of prologue, let me say that all of us like the Lincoln whose face appears on the penny. He is the Lincoln of myth: kindly, humble, a man of sorrows who believes in malice toward none and charity toward all, who simply wants to preserve the Union so that we can all live together as one people. The Lincoln on the penny, had he lived, would have spared the South the ravages of Reconstruction and ushered in the Era of Good Feeling in 1865. The fact that this mythic Lincoln was killed is surely the ultimate tragedy in a tragic era. Indeed the most that any Southerner could say in behalf of the slayer of that Lincoln was what Sheldon Vanauken reported hearing from an old-fashioned Virginian: “Young Booth, sir, acting out of the best of motives, made a tragic blunder.” But the Lincoln on the penny, the mythic Lincoln, did not exist. Instead a very real man, a political absolutist with enormous human weaknesses, for a time held the destiny of the nation in his oversized palm. So why do we dislike this Lincoln so much? There are many reasons, and here, just for starters, are three good ones: I. Lincoln was the inventor of a new concept of “Union,” one that implied a strong centralized government and an “imperial presidency.” a Union that now dominates virtually every important aspect of our corporate life as Americans. http://www.abbevilleinstitute.org/review/the-dark-side-of-abraham-lincoln/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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