Was Abraham Lincoln the Best U.S. President?
... motivated by a patriotic and Christian desire to preserve the union of states and free the slaves?
We have been flamboozled! Read how.
There is a lot we were NOT taught - and there are certainly different points of view - following are several well written ones:
Lincoln - America's Hijacker
An exciting new trend has begun: more Americans are learning that WE WERE LIED TO in school. The most destructive fraud promulgated by American schools is that Abraham Lincoln was a great president. In truth, as you’ll learn here, Lincoln was the most monstrous, ruthless, destructive president in our history.
Lincoln on Slavery
As a young man and until the end of his life he abhorred slavery and thought it morally incompatible with his beliefs.
Lincoln believed that all men were created equal but thought that blacks and whites could never live together because of their physical difference (as stated in his speech in Charleston, Illinois on September 18, 1856) and could never reach political and social equality. Colonization provided the solution to slavery.
Reading Karl Marx with Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln & Marx had great mutual admiration. Lincoln spent much of his presidency reading dispatches from and welcoming the counsel of Marx’s longtime editor - he awarded military commissions to the numerous comrades of the author of The Communist Manifesto who had come to the United States as political refugees following the failed European revolutions of 1848.
The real Lincoln was more of a Jeffersonian than an orthodox Marxist. The president rejected the idea of “a law to prevent a man from getting rich” as an impractical plan. He expected that, while labor was “superior” to capital, there “probably always will be a relation between labor and capital.”
But if he was something less than a Marxist, Lincoln was also something less than a laissez-faire capitalist-indeed, quite a bit less. Lincoln was on the side of labor. He urged working men to “combine” and organize labor unions-“uniting all working people, of all nations, and tongues, and kindreds.” He wanted “free labor” to be able to make demands on capital, without apology or compromise. He proposed this, not as a young man in a “radical phase,” but as the President of the United States.
He did not, in any campaign, urge any form of emancipation other than that implied in the exclusion of slavery from the territories. But Lincoln’s task, as war came, was to preserve the Union. "He was a practical politician with a coldly logical mind which impelled him to accommodate himself to the prevailing currents.”
Lincoln considered abstract plans for gradual emancipation and colonization.
Despite criticism that the Emancipation Proclamation did not free slaves in areas controlled by the Union, President Lincoln understood the impact his act would have. And people of color saw the proclamation as a watershed in their quest for human dignity and recognition as Americans.”
(HARPER'S WEEKLY. SEPTEMBER 6, 1862)
This also has several Historic LINKS.
That his scheme of colonization is impracticable and undesirable does not detract in the least from the honest good-will with which he urges it; and that a President of the United States should say to colored men that the treatment of their race in the country had been most unjust and iniquitous is something that three or four years ago was the most hopeless of all possibilities.
With the President the question, as with all sensible men, is a practical one. He asks: "What is the best thing to do under the circumstances?"
His reply is that, "in view of the strong distaste of the dominant race in this country to the other, it is better that the latter should withdraw and settle elsewhere".
But, the emigration of four millions of people in their condition is a practical impossibility, and if it were feasible, that it would be the most disastrous blow at the prosperity of the country at a time when it is least able to hear it.
(That You Won't Hear from Hollywood)
No doubt he freed the slaves, a monumental undertaking. But, he was also friendlier to workers than most presidents, an affinity noted by Karl Marx, who exchanged letters with Lincoln leading up to and during the Civil War.
(You won’t see the GOP acknowledging that!)
He was extremely close to the railway barons, the most powerful corporate titans of the era.
Voters know that political leaders don’t just speak to tell voters what’s on their minds. They speak to persuade as well as to explain.
When and where does the message change from being what it seems-a report on some policy that the leader obviously wants support for-to an effort to shape the public mind?
Historians have had considerable trouble in drawing that line with Abraham Lincoln, and they have usually done so by taking either/or positions.
He wanted blacks to leave the country and tried to talk them into doing so. The view was especially popular when Lincoln’s love of the Union was the focus while his emancipation instincts were minimized.