Thomas DiLorenzo sees no reason to deify Abraham Lincoln, and a number of reasons to villify him. From DiLorenzo at lewrockwell.com:
. . . has a birthday today that is celebrated throughout the land, especially at neocon think tanks and tabloids. I speak of course of the man the “Straussian” wing of neoconworld refers to as “Father” Abraham Lincoln. So I thought I’d offer some reading suggestions as part of today’s birthday celebration.
Lincoln was by far the most hated, despised, and reviled of all American presidents during his lifetime, as historian Larry Tagg documents in The Unpopular Mr. Lincoln: America’s Most Reviled President. His deification was the posthumous work of the Republican Party propaganda machine.
Lincoln was very careful with his language when he explained to the world in his first inaugural address and other speeches that he was willing to enshrine slavery explicitly in the text of the Constitution (with the “Corwin Amendment”), but that he would invade any state that refused to collect the newly-doubled federal tariff tax and send the proceeds to Washington, D.C. So-called “Lincoln scholars” lie though their teeth about this, in other words.
Lincoln’s invasion of the “free and independent” Southern states, as all states are called in the Declaration of Independence, was the very definition of treason under Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution,which defines treason as “only” levying war upon the United States, or giving aid and comfort to “their” enemy. The word “their,” signifying the states in the plural, means treason is waging war against South Carolina, Virginia, etc.
Lincoln was the biggest enemy the First Amendment ever had, even worse than John Adams, who enforced the Sedition Act that made criticizing his administration a crime. Adams only imprisoned a few critics, whereas Lincoln illegally suspended the writ of Habeas Corpus and had his military imprison tens of thousands of Northern-state critics while shutting down over 300 opposition newspapers. He imprisoned newspaper owners and editors, deported Congressman Clement L. Vallandigham of Ohio, his harshest congressional critic, most of the Maryland legislature was imprisoned, as was the mayor of Baltimore, and he declared that anyone who merely remained silent while his administration was being discussed was guilty of “treason.”
To continue reading: America’s Most Deified Politician . . .