|Abraham Lincoln||Honest Abe, great progressive President and statesman, who fought for equal rights for blacks, freed the slaves, and the Democrats wish he was theirs. (I do too).||Started a war over a punitive tax policy and not wanting to bear the brunt of Compensated emancipation, that got 600K Americans killed, tore the nation apart, shat on the Constitution, he was an abolitionist white-supremacist who didn't think of blacks as equal but more like the ASPCA thinks of animals: an inferior species need to be protected by a superior one.|
|Civil War and Slavery|
When I hear people talk about the civil war and slavery, it reminds me of a movie, "Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter", because I often feel that's as based on reality as their perceptions are (they were believing what they'd been told). A few facts that escape their version of the telling:
History is rich and complex, not this shallow flat "good vs. bad" or the North was righteous and the South was evil bullshit. Since I care about the uncomfortable truths, more than the comforting fictions, I often discuss these things. Not to diminish what happened, or deny the points of either side, but by remembering the truth of what really happened (from both sides). Of course, since my family came to America, long after this, I have no dog in the fight, and can look at it more objectively than many. But if we care about learning from history, we first have to give up our comforting fictions (caricatures) and learn what really happened. more...