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Sep 16, 2012
 
That Spielberg Movie About Lincoln

Posted by Thomas DiLorenzo
on September 15, 2012 08:49 AM

Thanks to the dozens of emailers who have sent me a link to the "trailer" for Steven Spielberg's upcoming movie about Lincoln (Out Nov.16).

The trailer says the book is based on the book by the confessed plagiarist Doris Kearns-Goodwin. I reviewed the book here several years ago. From all indications the movie will be the typical extraordinarily misinformational whitewash. That's how I would describe the other sycophantic books Goodwin has written about Lyndon Johnson and the Kennedys.

She is essentially a museum-quality specimen of a "court historian." Her book Team of Rivals, on which the movie is said to be based, is the usual lame-excuse-for-everything treatment of Dishonest Abe. Like almost all other books on the subject, it reads like a defense lawyer's brief for The War Crimes Trial of Abraham Lincoln.
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Sep 16, 2012
 
A Plagiarist's Contribution to Lincoln Idolatry

by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
November 28, 2005

The Latest Lincoln Whitewash

Goodwin's new book on Lincoln, like almost all others, doesn't even bother to make the pretense of being a scholarly search for historical truth. The book is entitled Team of Rivals, and the subtitle is "The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln." Of course, to court historians like Goodwin "political genius" is always a good thing, for what politicians demonstrate their ingenuity in is fooling the public into going along with bigger and bigger government, which always means less and less freedom and prosperity (and more and more power and prestige for court historians).(In the acknowledgments to her book on Johnson, Goodwin thanks a gaggle of Ivy League and literary leftists including John Kenneth Galbraith and Studs Terkel).

Murray Rothbard had a very different take on Lincoln's "political genius." In an essay entitled "Two Just Wars: 1776 and 1861" (John Denson, ed., The Costs of War), Rothbard admitted that Lincoln was indeed a "master politician." But if history teaches us anything about politicians, he continued, it is that a masterful politician is one who is a masterful "liar, conniver, and manipulator." Proponents of the free society should fear "master politicians," not idolize or deify them.

Goodwin engages in an amusing orgy of worshipful exaggeration and pure hokum in her first two chapters, describing Abe as a "political genius" characterized by "decency," "morality," "kindness," sensitivity," "compassion," "honesty," and "empathy." To Goodwin it was moral, kind, sensitive, and compassionate to micromanage the waging of war on fellow civilians as well as combatants for four long years, including the bombing and burning of entire cities and the killing of thousands of civilians. She writes of Lincoln's supposed "abhorrence of hurting another" and his "remarkable empathy" towards those who were "in pain" (p. 104).

He was supposedly "our only poet-president" (she apparently doesn't think there's anything poetic about Jefferson's writings, including the Declaration of Independence, or George Washington's Farewell Address, among many others). And on top of all that, Lincoln was "uncommonly tenderhearted"; an "acolyte of pure reason and remorseless logic" who had "daunting concentration, phenomenal memory, acute reasoning faculties, and interpretive penetration." He was a man "who had never met his intellectual equal"; "the very embodiment of good temper and affability"; and "his magnanimity always served him well." He was a "master among men" (no pun intended, presumably, with the "master-slave" language).

Goodwin's apparent purpose in all this lavish praise for Lincoln's intellect is to excuse or cover up the fact that he had less than one year of formal education and probably never even read The Federalist Papers. This did not stop him, however, from claiming to re-found America.

Goodwin cannot deny that Lincoln was not a believer in God, never joined a church, and often mocked Christians and Christianity (nor can anyone else). So she soft-pedals the fact by writing of "Lincoln's inability to take refuge in the concept of a Christian heaven." And rather than pointing out what a colossal hypocrite he was to invoke Scripture so often in his political speeches, she instead uses his absence of faith to suggest that we should feel ever more sorry for him because he "confronted the loss of loved ones without prospect of finding them in the afterlife." She voices no special sympathy in the book for the 600,000 Americans who died in Lincoln's war, or for their families, but repeatedly explains why we should feel especially sorry for poor old depressed Abe.
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not a lincoln fan he has more american blood on his hands than hitler r.i.p. if you can where you are
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Lincoln the Racist

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“Who freed the slaves? To the extent that they were ever ‘freed,’ they were freed by the Thirteenth Amendment, which was authored and pressured into existence not by Lincoln but by the great emancipators nobody knows, the abolitionists and congressional leaders who created the climate and generated the pressure that goaded, prodded, drove, forced Lincoln into glory by associating him with a policy that he adamantly opposed for at least fifty-four of his fifty-six years of his life.”

Lerone Bennett, Jr., Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’ s White Dream, p. 19
Still from Lincoln, a biopic directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

Let me introduce you to Lerone Bennett, Jr. who was the executive editor of Ebony magazine for several decades (beginning in 1958) and the author of many books, including a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Lincoln the Racist
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“Who freed the slaves? To the extent that they were ever ‘freed,’ they were freed by the Thirteenth Amendment, which was authored and pressured into existence not by Lincoln but by the great emancipators nobody knows, the abolitionists and congressional leaders who created the climate and generated the pressure that goaded, prodded, drove, forced Lincoln into glory by associating him with a policy that he adamantly opposed for at least fifty-four of his fifty-six years of his life.”
Lerone Bennett, Jr., Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’ s White Dream, p. 19
Still from Lincoln, a biopic directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
Let me introduce you to Lerone Bennett, Jr. who was the executive editor of Ebony magazine for several decades (beginning in 1958) and the author of many books, including a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You must be related to truthseeker. You should change your name to trashseeker.
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I have never been a fan of Abraham Lincoln. I have always believed he wanted the Civil War. I do believe the stories about his kindness and empathy. Had he been an effective statesman he would not have pushed the resupply at Ft Sumter, SC. He used that as an excuse to get the war started.He wanted tgo destroy the South as it was and rebuild it in some kind of image known only to him. He had a plan to deport the slaves back to Africa.

I am not sure what lies ahead or this country but I see a lot of trouble.The current president has divided the country like no oter president before him. The counry was divided when Lincoln got elected,when Obama got elected it divided the country.

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Nov 14, 2012
 
Some Background Information for That Spielberg/Doris Kearns-Goodwin Lincoln Movie ...

Posted by Thomas DiLorenzo on November 14, 2012 12:10 PM

... that premiers this Friday, courtesy of Bob Wenzel. The movie is said to about the latter pages of the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by the confessed plagiarist Doris Kearns-Goodwin. I reviewed the book on LRC when it came out several years ago.

Statism is the "religion" of all leftists like Doris Kearns-Goodwin, and they just cannot think of enough superlatives for the most "successful" statists in history. To such people, politics is life. There is nothing more. Goodwin has spent her career as a hagiographer for FDR, Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedys, and now Lincoln. She describes him with words like "decency," "kindness," "morality," "sensitivity," "compassion," "honesty," "empathy," "uncommonly tenderhearted," "phenomenal memory, " "remorseless logic," "acute reasoning faculties," "a man who had never met his intellectual equal," "the very embodiment of good temper and affability," "magnanimity," "a master among men."

Regarding the fact that Abe was an atheist, Goodwin does her best to spin it by writing of how sorry we all should feel for "Lincoln's inability to take refuge in the concept of a Christian heaven" because "he confronted the loss of loved ones without prospect of finding them in the afterlife." Boo hoo. Enjoy the movie.
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hahaha!! abraham lincoln is the best republican president we've ever had!! no wonder your party is falling apart if you have no respect for the most noble statesman your party has ever produced!!

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hahaha!! abraham lincoln is the best republican president we've ever had!! no wonder your party is falling apart if you have no respect for the most noble statesman your party has ever produced!!
wow!
I don't hold dictatorial tyrants in high regard, of course a modern marxist would love lincoln who suspended habeas corpus, imprisoned media writers for dissent, sent Armed thug bureaucrats amongst the people, spied on the entire populace, and used a war of attrition against his fellow Countrymen.

Holy cow, no wonder Ol' barry is so popular with the modern marxists. He only has one last tick mark to make on the list above to equal lincoln!

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Nov 15, 2012
 
PART 1.

Lincoln’s Greatest Failure
(Or, How a Real Statesman Would Have Ended Slavery)

by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

"Every other country in the world got rid of slavery without a civil war .... How much would that cost compared to killing 600,000 Americans when the hatred lingered for 100 years."

~ Ron Paul to Tim Russert on "Meet the Press" in 2007

The new Steven Spielberg movie about Lincoln is entirely based on a fiction, to use a mild term. As longtime Ebony magazine executive editor Lerone Bennett, Jr. explained in his book, Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream: "There is a pleasant fiction that Lincoln ... became a flaming advocate of the [Thirteenth] amendment and used the power of his office to buy votes to ensure its passage. There is no evidence, as David H. Donald has noted, to support that fiction".(Emphasis added).

In fact, as Bennett shows, it was the genuine abolitionists in Congress who forced Lincoln to support the Thirteenth Amendment that ended slavery, something he refused to do for fifty-four of his fifty-six years. The truth, in other words, is precisely the opposite of the story told in Spielberg’s Lincoln movie, which is based on the book Team of Rivals by the confessed plagiarist/court historian Doris Kearns-Goodwin.(My LRC review of her book was entitled "A Plagiarist’s Contribution to Lincoln Idolatry").

And who is David H. Donald, cited by Bennett as his authority? He is a longtime Harvard University historian, Pulitzer prize-winning Lincoln biographer, and the preeminent mainstream Lincoln scholar of our time. One would think that Goodwin would have considered his work, being a Harvard graduate (in political science) herself.

The theme of the Spielberg movie is the subtitle of Goodwin’s book: "The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln." Nothing gets a leftist’s legs tingling more than someone who is very, very good at the methods of political theft, plunder, subterfuge, and bullying. Goodwin the court historian has devoted her life to writing hagiographies of the worst of the worst political bullies – FDR, Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedys, and Lincoln.(It was her book on the Kennedys that got her in trouble and forced her to admit plagiarizing dozens of paragraphs, and paying a six-figure sum to the victim of her plagiarism. That got her kicked off the Pulitzer prize committee and PBS, but only for a very short while).

Lincoln’s "political genius" is grossly overblown in Goodwin’s book. In addition the book, like virtually all other books on the subject, completely misses the point. If Lincoln was such a political genius, he should have used his "genius" to end slavery in the way the British, French, Spaniards, Dutch, Danes, Swedes, and all the Northern states in the U.S. did in the nineteenth century, namely, peacefully. Instead, the slaves were used as political pawns in a war that resulted in the death of some 800,000 Americans according to the latest, revised estimates of Civil War deaths that has come to be accepted by the history profession. To this number should be added tens of thousands of Southern civilians. Standardizing for today’s population, that would be the equivalent of more than 8 million dead Americans, with more than double that number maimed for life.

Lincoln the "political genius" thanked his naval commander Gustavus Fox for helping him maneuver/trick the Confederates into firing on Fort Sumter, where no one was hurt let alone killed. This, Lincoln believed, gave him the "right" to ignore the constitutional definition of treason (Article 3, Section 3) as levying war upon the states, and levy war upon the (Southern) states in order to "prove," once and for all, that the American union was NOT voluntary, and NOT based on the principle of consent of the governed, as Jefferson declared in the Declaration of Independence.
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PART 2.

Lincoln’s Greatest Failure
(Or, How a Real Statesman Would Have Ended Slavery)

by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

The purpose – and result – of the war was to consolidate all political power in Washington, D.C. and to render all states, North and South, as mere appendages of their masters and overseers in Washington. This of course is exactly what happened after the war and it happened by design, not coincidence.

A real statesman, as opposed to a monstrous, egomaniacal patronage politician like Abe Lincoln, would have made use of the decades-long world history of peaceful emancipation if his main purpose was to end slavery. Of course, Lincoln always insisted that that was in no way his purpose. He stated this very clearly in his first inaugural address, in which he even supported the proposed Corwin Amendment to the Constitution, which would have prohibited the federal government from EVER interfering with Southern slavery. He – and the U.S. Congress – declared repeatedly that the purpose of the war was to "save the union," but of course the war destroyed the voluntary union of the founding fathers.

Jim Powell’s book, Greatest Emancipations: How the West Ended Slavery, provides chapter and verse of how real statesmen of the world, in sharp contrast to Lincoln, ended slavery without resorting to waging total war on their own citizens. Among the tactics employed by the British, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danes, and others were slave rebellions, abolitionist campaigns to gain public support for emancipation, election of anti-slavery politicians, encouragement and assistance of runaway slaves, raising private funds to purchase the freedom of slaves, and the use of tax dollars to buy the freedom of slaves. There were some incidents of violence, but nothing remotely approaching the violence of a war that ended up killing 800,000 Americans.

The story of how Great Britain ended slavery peacefully is the highlight of Powell’s book. There were once as many as 15,000 slaves in England herself, along with hundreds of thousands throughout the British empire. The British abolitionists combined religion, politics, publicity campaigns, legislation, and the legal system to end slavery there just two decades prior to the American "Civil War."

Great credit is given to the British statesman and member of the House of Commons, William Wilberforce. After organizing an educational campaign to convince British society that slavery was immoral and barbaric, Wilberforce succeeded in getting a Slavery Abolition Act passed in 1833, and within seven years some 800,000 slaves were freed. Tax dollars were used to purchase the freedom of the slaves, which eliminated the only source of opposition to emancipation, wealthy slave owners. It was expensive, but as Powell notes, nothing in the world is more expensive than war.

Powell also writes of how there was tremendous opposition to ending slavery in the Northern states in the U.S, especially Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, where violent mobs wrecked abolitionist printing presses; a New Hampshire school that educated black children was dragged into a swamp by oxen; free blacks were prohibited from residing in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and Oregon; abolitionist "agitators" in Northern states were whipped; and orphanages for black children were burned to the ground in Pennsylvania. Nevertheless, Northern state abolitionists persevered and ended slavery there peacefully. There were no violent and enormously destructive "wars of emancipation" in New York or New England.

Cuba, Brazil, and the Congo also ended slavery peacefully in the nineteenth century by real statesmen in those countries. But not in the United States. "Some people have objected that the United States couldn’t have bought the freedom of all the slaves, because that would have cost too much,"
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PART 3.

Lincoln’s Greatest Failure
(Or, How a Real Statesman Would Have Ended Slavery)

by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Powell writes. "But buying the freedom of the slaves was not more expensive than war. Nothing is more costly than war!" In fact, the North’s financial costs of war alone would have been enough to purchase the freedom of all the slaves, and then ended slavery legally and constitutionally.

It is a myth that Lincoln toiled mightily in his last days to get a reluctant Congress to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, as portrayed in the Spielberg movie. What he did spend his time on was micromanaging the waging of total war on Southern civilians, who he always considered to be American citizens, since he denied the legitimacy of secession. More importantly, as documented by historians Phillip Magness and Sebastion Page in their book, Colonization After Emancipation, Lincoln spent many long days at the end of his life communicating with foreign governments and plotting with William Seward, among others, to "colonize" all of "the Africans," as he called them, out of the United States once the war was over.

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I would highly recommend the movie "Amazing Grace" for those interested in the end of slavery.

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In 1797, William Wilberforce, the great crusader for the British abolition of slavery, is taking a vacation for his health even while he is sicker at heart for his frustrated cause. However, meeting the charming Barbara Spooner, Wilberforce finds a soulmate to share the story of his struggle. With few allies such as his mentor, John Newton, a slave ship captain turned repentant priest who penned the great hymn, "Amazing Grace," Prime William Pitt, and Olaudah Equiano, the erudite former slave turned author, Wilberforce fruitlessly fights both public indifference and moneyed opposition determined to keep their exploitation safe. Nevertheless, Wilberforce finds the inspiration in newfound love to rejuvenate the fight with new ideas that would lead to a great victory for social justice. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)
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That Spielberg Movie About Lincoln
Posted by Thomas DiLorenzo
on September 15, 2012 08:49 AM
Thanks to the dozens of emailers who have sent me a link to the "trailer" for Steven Spielberg's upcoming movie about Lincoln (Out Nov.16).
The trailer says the book is based on the book by the confessed plagiarist Doris Kearns-Goodwin. I reviewed the book here several years ago. From all indications the movie will be the typical extraordinarily misinformational whitewash. That's how I would describe the other sycophantic books Goodwin has written about Lyndon Johnson and the Kennedys.
She is essentially a museum-quality specimen of a "court historian." Her book Team of Rivals, on which the movie is said to be based, is the usual lame-excuse-for-everything treatment of Dishonest Abe. Like almost all other books on the subject, it reads like a defense lawyer's brief for The War Crimes Trial of Abraham Lincoln.
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The fraud fox channel broke a story last night that Booth shot Lincoln and rove is still counting the votes in Ohio.
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Seriously...... you folks would be the first to call Jesus Christ a Marxist
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Oh wise and wondering dollop.....please tell us in your unfathomable wisdom what Lincoln should have done....

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Oh wise and wondering dollop.....please tell us in your unfathomable wisdom what Lincoln should have done....
Lincoln had any number of historical examples to follow from Countries around the world who ended slavery without anything near a Civil War, decades before we did.

Flash forward to 1871 to see what was really achieved by the Northern War of Aggression.

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Fairy Tale Abe

Posted by Lew Rockwell
on November 20, 2012 09:02 AM
Writes Bob Gentile:

I went to see the movie Lincoln on Saturday. I thought he was presented as the second coming. Not bad for a war criminal and tyrant who surely should have been tried for crimes against humanity if the South had won.

I couldn't help thinking that everyone leaving the theater should have been handed a copy of Tom DiLorenzo's book, The Real Lincoln, as an antidote to the fairy tale they had just sat through.

As soon as I got home I started to reread it.
UPDATE from Keith Smith:

A friend of mine wrote the other day,“Abe Lincoln is doing no better in theatres now than he did 150 years ago.”
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* Only a total war of attrition left for obama to be completely like Lincoln.*

Rahm Emanuel Likens Obama to Lincoln

By Patrick Burke
December 3, 2012

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Barack Obama.(AP)

( CNSNews.com )-- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, likened Obama’s values and “ability to see a clear road where everybody just sees fog” to President Abraham Lincoln as depicted in the 2012 Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln.”
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