"If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that."...Abraham Lincoln.
Source: Why the Civil War Came
Education is the cornerstone of any well rounded individual and in the aggregate sets the stage for understanding our past, learning from our mistakes, and being able to recognize patterns in contemporary events. When education is turned into a propaganda tool, we all lose - at least those who resist tyranny.
"To the victors go the spoils" is an idiom of great wisdom about cultural dominance and the evolution of political systems, but also the revisionism required to keep up appearances and buttress the prevailing ideology. Such is the history of our country. Statism exists today due to a long train of abuses from the early days of our Republic, through the Marshall court and subsequent Supreme Courts, the tyrannical rule of Abraham Lincoln, the New Deal of President Franklin Roosevelt, progressive politics, and the so-called "compassionate conservatism" of George W. Bush. Truth be told, the government grew - even under Ronald Reagan.
Today we are taught a history so chalked full of half-truths and outright obfuscations it is no wonder the federal government's growth into a power behemoth continues unchallenged. Many of us are completely unaware that the Constitution as intended by our founders defines states rights in such a way as to trump federal powers. In other words, the final arbiter of the constitution is not the Supreme Court, but the states. Even secession is legal and the Civil War, inaptly named as it did not involve two factions attempting to take over the government of an entire country but rather was a War for Southern Independence where the South wanted to be its own country, did not settle the matter. More on that in future posts. So prevalent is the myth that secession is illegal that Justice Scalia, one of the more conservative voices on the Supreme Court today, repeats this myth. However, I do not advocate secession and will deal with the subject from a strictly legal perspective in a later article in this series.
What your teacher never told you will cover a lot of ground in the coming months. It is meant to expose real American history and combat the progressive revisionism required to keep the Statist agenda and ideological myth alive and well. The first topic will be Abraham Lincoln himself. Everything I state in this post is factual and I challenge anyone, historian or scholar, to refute it. Future posts on Abraham Lincoln will out the President as a tyrant admired by Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf and expose the War for Southern Independence as a war not to free the slaves but rather as an economic and cultural war designed to destroy the Southern culture and consolidate power. The second case is partially made in this post, but a great deal more data exists that will be covered in future writings in this series. So let's start with the fact that Abraham Lincoln - or Honest Abe as we have been taught to call him - was actually a white supremacist. If this shocks you, it should - I certainly was. However, facts are facts. What you are about to read will make you very uncomfortable and start you on a path to challenge everything you have been taught. I hope you will check the facts and convince yourself - don't take my word for it. That is how the progressives operate, not me. I don't want to control you, but empower you, so check out everything I write. Free your mind.
Every political system is maintained by a myth that justifies its existence. Without such a myth, submission to the power of the state by its subjects could not be accomplished. As long as one believes in the evolution of the dictatorship of the proletariat, a Marxist system is able to justify its repression without regards to the level of cruelty, suffering, and loss of human life. The metric used against any argument that justifies the existence of the state is the dominant myth that expresses the entrenched beliefs of the society to which it belongs. In short, the myth must be propagandized. Today in this country, this propaganda is carried out by primarily by liberal media and our system of education.
Vigilance is required to keep the imperial power from pacifying the population. The imperial power in this case is the Union as defined in the War for Southern Independence. In classrooms across this country, students are convinced in the righteousness of the Northern cause, that the South is better off because it lost the war, and a sense of shame is instilled in students in Southern schools that carry on into their adulthood, forever destroying any sense of cultural identity. Slavery is wrong - of that most of us will agree - but President Lincoln's attitude towards slavery changes as it fits his needs. Deeds and words before the war vs. during the war differ greatly and were tied to strategies to win the war by redefining a war of conquest and control as a moral war against slavery. Therefore, his statements concerning black men and women are critical in understanding his true intentions. As will be demonstrated below, these views were blatantly racist - not bordering on it - but full-fledged and in your face. If children were taught real history, and in particular, were introduced to the real Lincoln, many would begin to seriously question why a memorial exists for an tyrant and racist in DC and why his face is carved on Mt. Rushmore. It would become apparent just how well the victors propagandized the myth.
Lest the reader think I am alleging a well coordinated conspiracy of grand proportions - an argument often used by detractors wishing to keep your attention focused on the myth and away from truth - I'll cut them off at the knees right now. Once a society accepts a myth, it propagates itself. It is the propaganda weapon par excellence as it requires no defense. Challenge the myth and you are easily dismissed as racist, heartless, against the little guy, for big business, or insert your favorite liberal talking point here. I would now like to introduce to you President Abraham Lincoln, white supremacist and racist.
I'll let Lincoln's words and actions speak for themselves. One cannot do better than allow the communication and deeds of the subject under scrutiny to define and elucidate their true nature. It then is up to the establishment myth makers to attempt their Cirque du Soleil intellectual contortions that usually start with the context argument. The gauntlet I throw down to such rebuttals is simple - put it in context then. The result - they can't and will often bury their argument deeper and deeper, becoming unwilling assistants to destroying the prevailing myth and buttressing the original point at the expense of any counterpoints. Truth wins, they lose - a rather simple formula. In Lincoln's own words:
During a speech to Charleston, Illinois in 1858, Lincoln said:
I am not now, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social or political equality of the white and black races. I am not now nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor of intermarriages with white people. There is a physical difference between the white and the black races which will forever forbid the two races living together on social or political equality. There must be a position of superior and inferior, and I am in favor of assigning the superior position to the white man.
If you are sitting there with you mouth open, you are not alone. Let's continue:
In a letter to James C. Conkling dated August 26, 1863 Lincoln wrote:
I thought that in your struggle for the Union, to whatever extent the negroes should cease helping the enemy, to that extent it weakened the enemy in his resistance to you. Do you think differently? I thought that whatever negroes can be got to do as soldiers, leaves just so much less for white soldiers to do, in saving the Union. Does it appear otherwise to you? But negroes, like other people, act upon motives. Why should they do any thing for us, if we will do nothing for them? If they stake their lives for us, they must be prompted by the strongest motive—even the promise of freedom. And the promise being made, must be kept.
Translation: Provide a carrot to the slaves that will motivate them to fight and die for you to meet your own ends. They are the means to your goal of dominance. Manipulate them, use them, do whatever is necessary, but get the slaves to fight for you. And this is just the tip of the tyrannical iceberg, so to speak. No wonder Hitler talks admirably about Lincoln in Mein Kampf.
As an Illinois Senator, Lincoln voted against black suffrage and refused to sign a petition to allow black testimony in courts. He was also a strong supporter of colonizing freed slaves, believing they could never assimilate into American society. And here is a doozy - while President Lincoln actually favored an amendment to the constitution allowing the purchase and deportation of slaves and ordered the State Department to look into possible locations for settlement such as Haita, Ecuador, and the Amazon.
In August 14th, 1862 Lincoln addressed a black audience:
But for your race among us there could not be war, although many men engaged on either side do not care for you one way or the other. Nevertheless, I repeat, without the institution of Slavery and the colored race as a basis, the war could not have an existence [blame the victim].
It is better for us both, therefore, to be separated. ...I suppose one of the principal difficulties in the way of colonization is that the free colored man cannot see that his comfort would be advanced by it. You may believe you can live in Washington or elsewhere in the United States the remainder of your life, perhaps more so than in any foreign country, and hence you have come to the conclusion that you have nothing to do with the idea of going to a foreign country. This is (I speak in no unkind sense) an extremely selfish view of the case.
Also a little known fact is that the Emancipation Proclamation did not free all slaves, but only slaves not under Union control. By the end of the war, over 500,000 slaves had escaped to the North and 200,000 of them joined and fought with the Union. This single act alone helped the Union win the war and provided an extra added benefit. It helped turn the war from an act of aggression by the Union for control over the Southern states and its economy into a moral crusade and re-defined the war as a war about slavery. This, along with other reasons related to cotton trade with Britain and France, lead to those countries throwing their support behind the Union. By the end of the war, the Thirteenth Amendment freed all the slaves and became the carrot referenced above.
Today we have a memorial - to a racist and a white supremacist. His face sits on Mt. Rushmore as one of the great figures in American history. The mythology continues to be taught in our schools and many of us, myself until recently, believed that narrative. However, now that America is waking up, perhaps it is time to revisit our history, to ensure our children are taught the truth and that we ourselves are armed with knowledge. Once the myths are exposed, the entire edifice collapses.
Our march to freedom from the Statist ideology starts with an understanding of what the constitution really says in the absence of not just progressive revisionism, but that of so-called right leaning revisionists who sit in positions of federal power and continue to propagate the myth that national power trumps state power. We have been lead to believe in this falsehood, resulting in a growing federal government under both parties at the expense of our own self-power and right to self-governance. Once we begin to peel back the onion, only then will we see that putting our hopes for a future of liberty into the hands of federal judges, politicians, and a few lawyers is a recipe for disaster. Only when we realize the myth tells us that our type of leader will make a difference - that they won't be corrupted by the Beltway culture when every piece of objective evidence screams to the contrary - only then will we realize that non-violent passive-aggressive civil disobedience, nullification, and other tools will be required to truly win this country back. The longer we wait, the more time we waste and the less chance we have. History has provided us with an opportunity and the window to snatch back liberty is short and closing. Time is our enemy, for we do forget, and like cattle being lead to the slaughter, we will fall in line because we know of no other way. The myth will become our reality. The Republic will fall.
When in doubt, check your premise against the myth. If it fits, you are probably doing something wrong. If you resort to making excuses or detracting from effective tactics then stop and think. Somebody else does not write our rules of engagement - we do - and if we write them in such a way as to cutoff a perfectly good strategy such as nullification or non-violent civil disobedience we have nobody but ourselves to blame when we lose.
Sources and books of interests:
- The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War
- Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War Era
- Lincoln Unmasked: What You're Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe
- The Politically Incorrect Guide To American History
Cross-posted at Wolves of Liberty.