by Al Benson Jr.
There was a recent article on http://archieve.newsmax.com written by Marc Morano, the headline of which read “Feds’ Video Implies Lincoln Would Have Supported Leftist Causes.” That one caught my eye, given the amount of research I have done on Mr. Lincoln over the years. The article began with: “A video presented at the Lincoln Memorial appears to suggest that former President Abraham Lincoln would have supported modern-day left-of-center political causes such as homosexual rights, abortion and the modern feminist agenda.”
Some visitors who saw the video thought it was an attempt at political correctness, while others told CNSNews they felt: “…the video clearly implies that Lincoln would have supported left-wing political causes.”
The controversial video is only about eight minutes in length but shows scenes from various leftist marches and demonstrations. Given his racist tendencies it is questionable whether Lincoln would have supported “civil rights” marches, but given his leftist proclivities, which will show up if you take the trouble to do the homework, there is little doubt he would have supported the rest of the left-wing agenda. This kind of statement often shocks people, and mostly they don’t want to listen, so, rather than making the effort to do some research to find out where Lincoln really was on the political spectrum, they try to verbally shoot the messenger. Having dealt with verbal onslaughts such as this I can attest to that.
However, if you really want an overview of where Lincoln was coming from then read the book Walter Kennedy and I co-authored Lincoln’s Marxists published in July of 2011 by Pelican Publishing in Gretna, Louisiana. Lincoln and his socialist and Marxist cohorts are revealed in living liberal color and you will find out things about Mr. Lincoln you did not really want to know, but should.
Some of those viewing the video at the Lincoln Memorial had interesting reactions. A high school student from Louisiana said “I liked it…I think (Lincoln) would have supported homosexual and abortion rights because that’s how Lincoln was; he was very supportive of the people.” This student may well have gotten hew view of Lincoln from her public school “history” book (if they even bother to use those anymore). Another viewer agreed that Lincoln would have supported today’s leftist causes because “(Lincoln) seemed like a very progressive, forward-thinking man, ahead of his time.” Such comments show that many today view leftism as being the way to go, the “wave of the future” and so on. Socialists and Marxists have been spouting that line since the 1840s and the fruit of their efforts and propaganda has cost the world untold millions of lives as leftist dictators have sought to bring in “the will of the people” with guns and bloody revolution. No matter how much destruction and misery they cause and how many lives they ruin, it is always “for the people.” Trouble is they never really let you know which people, because it surely is not for ordinary folks. I suspect the “people” their revolutionary efforts are really for are the socialists and their fat-cat friends–at the expense of all of the rest of us.
So, was Lincoln a leftist and would he have supported leftist causes? Of course he would. If you take the trouble to research him you are forced to conclude this is where he was coming from. His friends and supporters in government had what I have termed a “Yankee/Marxist mindset.” For him and them, the end justified the means. His armies and the early Republican Party were loaded with socialist and communist revolutionaries from the 1848 socialist revolts in Europe who came to this country after those revolts failed over there with the desire to implement their leftist agenda here. Lincoln was supportive.
On January 12, 1848, Lincoln gave a speech in which he said “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right–a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.” Many think Lincoln was referring to something in this country having to do with the Mexican War when he said this. I am not so sure. They forget, or were never taught, that Lincoln gave this speech only a few short weeks before the socialist revolts in Europe commenced. What Lincoln was doing was showing his support for the socialists and communists in Europe for what they were about to undertake. The proof in the pudding came in 1861, when many of these same socialists and communists joined and supported Lincoln to enable him to quash legitimate secession in the South.
Writer Norman Black wrote an article on http://georgiaheritagecouncil.org dealing with the Union Army raid on Athens, Alabama in 1862 in which he noted that “Col. John Basil Turchin encouraged his regiment, the 19th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, along with the 24th Illinois (a regiment of German immigrants) to carry out atrocities against the citizens of Athens, Alabama, and their property. These included stealing non-combatant-civilians property, burning buildings, and rape.” The 24th Illinois regiment were Forty-eighter socialsts from Europe. Turchin was eventually court-martialed over this. And what was Lincoln’s gentle response? Lincoln annulled Turchin’s dishonorable discharge and had him promoted to a brigadier general–sending a signal that atrocities against Southern folks were permissible–indeed, were part of the Union war effort. So much for the “man of the people.”
So, would Lincoln have supported current leftist projects? Naturally he would–he did so in 1861 and thereafter. Actually what you have going on here, with this video at the Lincoln Memorial is the Feds finally getting to the point where they feel they can begin to admit Lincoln’s leftist tendencies to the public, and the “news” media will start gauging public reaction to it.
So the secular deity of America is slowly being revealed, and, as time passes and more of this seeps out, the public will eventually begin to see that Lincoln was, in many ways, the Barack Obama of his day and those that have staunchly defended him as some sort of patriotic conservative may well end up with a bit of egg on their faces.