By Douglas J. Hagmann
Since arriving on the national stage, many educated people have compared Barack Hussein Obama to Abraham Lincoln in glowing terms. Obama himself has an interesting, if not peculiar, love affair with the nation’s 16th president. From quoting Lincoln to emulating his historic activities, such as his 2007 speech on the steps of the Springfield Capitol and his 2009 train ride to history, Obama seems to have embraced and even assumed the persona of Lincoln.
There is one problem, however, for those who continue to elevate Obama to ‘Lincoln status,’ and for Obama himself. They are correct, but not for the reasons they promote. Meanwhile, Americans might be watching history preparing to be repeated, which does not bode well for the United States – the Union, or Obama – the man.
Despite the fact that there have been more books written about the life of Lincoln than any other U.S. President, the average person would be hard-pressed to learn the real truth about Lincoln from these works. The truth about Lincoln seems to be well protected from modern discovery by self-appointed ‘Lincoln scholars,’ as they have busily revised history to fit their official narrative. After all, Lincoln is considered to be the most important political figure in U.S. history because the Civil War “so fundamentally transformed the nature of American government.”(i) Accordingly, they cannot permit the truth to get in the way of an acceptable legend, as doing so might cause Americans to realize the extent of the lies we’ve been living under.
Students of non-revisionist history understand that the Civil War under Lincoln did indeed fundamentally transform the United States in a manner few will discuss, for it is this transformation that Obama is also emulating and refining.
As detailed in his book The Real Lincoln, author Thomas J. DiLorenzo states the following:
“Before the war, government in America was the highly decentralized, limited government established by the founding fathers. The war created the highly centralized state that Americans labor under today.” [emphasis mine].
Are we not seeing, through ‘Obamacare’ and other initiatives, the further centralization of federal power under Obama? Isn’t this ideologically antithetical to the very founding of our nation, our rights, and our liberties?
Thomas J. DiLorenzo continues:
“This aspect of the War between the States has always been downplayed or even ignored because of the emphasis that has been given to the important issue of slavery. Lincoln will forever be known as the Great Emancipator. But to understand the real Lincoln, one must realize that during his twenty-eight years in politics before becoming president, he was almost single-mindedly devoted to an economic agenda that Henry Clay labeled “the American System.” From the very first day in 1832 when he announced that he was running for state legislature in Illinois, Lincoln expressed his devotion to the cause of protectionist tariffs, taxpayer subsidies for railroads and other corporations (internal improvements), and the nationalization of the money supply to help pay for the subsidies.[ii]”
It is important to understand that Henry Clay was a strong proponent of the central banking system – the very Ponzi scheme that we lived under today as the Federal Reserve. Then, it was called the American System, or the American Way, which was rooted in the American School of economics that embraced the economic theories of Alexander Hamilton, but I digress.
Lincoln fought hard for this agenda of economic centralization, which was his real agenda. He stomped on states’ rights, specifically asserting that the states were subservient to the federal government and had no right to secede, thereby reinforcing this centralization of power to the federal government. As troubling as it might be for those who idolize Lincoln, the legend and not the man, it is this for this reason alone that Lincoln “waged the bloodiest war in our history to prove himself right.”[iii]
As author Thomas J. DiLorenzo also points out in his book, “…many Lincoln scholars [claim] that Lincoln ‘saved the Constitution by suspending constitutional liberty in the North for the entire duration of his administration. He supposedly had to destroy constitutional liberty in order to save it” [emphasis mine].
Lincoln regarded the U.S. Constitution as an unnecessary impediment to his political ambitions. He exhibited his disregard for the law of the land, the law of our founders, by launching a military invasion without the consent of congress. He suspended habeas corpus and imprisoned thousands without trial for opposing his political policies. Lincoln censored communications and even imprisoned numerous publishers of newspapers who wrote in opposition of his tactics. Lincoln also confiscated firearms. Is any of this beginning to sound familiar?
Despite his rending of the Constitutional rights of Americans and assuming the role of a dictator, Americans ‘worship at the altar’ of Lincoln monument without knowing the real history of the man who so fundamentally transformed the United States.¬† Many elevate Barack Hussein Obama to the ‘Lincoln legend,’ not knowing just how similar they both are, not for the erroneous legend, but for the reasons hidden from the history-challenged public.
Just as the ‘first’ Civil War fundamentally transformed the nature of the American government, Obama promised to fundamentally change America as President. The question now becomes whether we, as individuals and as states forming a Union, will accept such change, (or a modern refinement of the Lincoln agenda), or are we about to see a modern-day repeat of a bloody history deliberately hidden from us?
Remember the adage that “those who do not know history are condemned to repeat it.” Now consider those who were never afforded the opportunity to learn real history, or are victims of revisionist history by the ‘scholars of subterfuge’ whose agenda is to create a centralized, all-powerful government of royalty and serfs.
Look at where we are today through the lens of unrevised historical conditions, and you will realize that we seem to be witnessing history – real history – about to be repeated. And that will not bode well for Americans, or as in the case and perhaps even the fate of Lincoln, Barack Hussein Obama.
[ia] Thomas J. DiLorenzo, The Real Lincoln, (New York, Three Rivers Press, 2002-2003), 2-12