I too get as disgusted with my Irish-American relatives for their whining as I am tired of every other race and ethnicity whining about its problems. I once met a Hungarian pastor who piously told me–this was in Zagreb–that although everyone else in the Balkans had beaten up on some other group, the Hungarians were entirely free of imperialism. He was counting on my ignorance of Balkan history.
Lincoln’s admirers have said that he was motivated by a commitment to equality and a respect for African American slaves. The unpalatable truth is that Lincoln’s racial attitudes are closer to those of the KKK than to those of the NAACP. As early as 1837 Lincoln argued that “The Congress of the United States has no power under the Constitution, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the different states.” His Emancipation Proclamation was a strictly political act designed to appeal to European liberals. In fact, it only applied to slaves outside Lincoln’s jurisdiction, not to slaves held in...
What, it can’t be! Mark Levin having something nice to say about Confederate war heroes? Not at all. What a relief, when he explained that the Democratic Party was the party of evil, the party of slavery, and thank the almighty for the Union heroes who crushed the Southern Democrats, whose children would go on to join the clan, impose Jim Crow, and Lynch completely innocent black men.
The greatest fact of Lincoln’s career is the war he imposed upon the nation, a conflict that changed the nature of war in the civilized world. As one of Lincoln’s favorite generals observed, “war is hell,” and it has been hell at least since General Sherman gave us the example of total war.
The modern American regime under which we live has only a few heroes, most of them entirely bogus: a pair of womanizing presidents–Franklin Roosevelt and Jack Kennedy–a philandering plagiarist who betrayed his country, Martin Luther King, jr., and the second founder of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.