Progressive iconoclasts will not stop with Confederate monuments and statues… They have already started the campaign against George Washington. It appears that no historical figure is safe in today’s climate of over-sensitivity, moral outrage, and political correctness. In this world, historical figures must be judged with our 21st century sensibilities- we know better than our ancestors- backwards, slave owning, racists they were. The Great Emancipator is next…
University of Wisconsin-Madison students want the statue of Lincoln removed from campus… for alleged crimes against humanity- ordering the execution of 38 Dakota warriors who murdered women and children in Minnesota, which violated a binding treaty between the two nations and was a horrific crime. The complex conflict that resulted in the executions occurred in the middle of the Civil War.
The iconoclasts will undoubtedly feel moral superiority in attacking Lincoln’s legacy… their misguided and naive reading of the historical record will lack all academic rigor- but they will get on the news and be able to label their opponents “RACISTS”
- Lincoln wanted all slaves out of the country! — Lincoln briefly favored voluntary colonization, but not after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect Lincoln explained, ” 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.”
- Lincoln never wanted to free the slaves! — Foolish attempts to sully Lincoln’s achievements have always cited the Greeley letter of August 1862 but they fail to finish the darn thing, where Lincoln says, “I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty; and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men every where could be free.”
- Frederick Douglass knew Lincoln was overrated! — Lincoln is often compared to Douglass and unfairly judged for not being a true abolitionist. Trouble with this reasoning is that Lincoln was not elected chief abolitionist, he was elected President. Frederick Douglass’s actual thoughts on Lincoln- “Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent; but measuring him by the sentiment of his country, a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to consult, he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined.”
“Infinite wisdom has seldom sent any man into the world better fitted for his mission than Abraham Lincoln.”