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HitItHard
03-12-2009, 03:48 PM
Abraham Lincoln's America
By Chuck Baldwin
February 18, 2009


This column is archived at
http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2009/cbarchive_20090218.html


America just celebrated Presidents Day this past Monday. What first began as
an observance for President George Washington has (since the 1980s) morphed
into the generic "Presidents Day," which is a politically correct
celebration of mediocrity that forces our nation's greatest President to be
lumped together with incompetents such as Ulysses S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson,
and Jimmy Carter.

On the occasion of Presidents Day, a USA Today/Gallup poll asked the
American people to select the greatest President. The top five Presidents,
according to the Gallup poll, are (in order): Ronald Reagan, John Kennedy,
Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and George Washington.

Can you believe it? George Washington was rated fifth. Fifth. With a vote
total of only 9 percent, no less.

George Washington is positively the greatest American to ever live--bar
none! It is no hyperbole to say that without Washington, there would be no
United States of America. George Washington almost single-handedly kept a
struggling colonial army (along with a fledgling nation, for that matter)
together. Take away George Washington and there are no stories of Valley
Forge, the crossing of the Delaware River, or Yorktown. Take away George
Washington and there is no office of President of the United States. A
lesser man (which would include almost everyone else in his generation)
would doubtless have succumbed to the call of the multitude to institute a
monarchy in America. A lesser man could not have delivered the
greatest-of-all-Presidential-addresses that we find in his "Farewell
Address."

Washington's Farewell Address became the guiding light and compass for
American policy and philosophy for many generations. In fact, it is the
abandonment of the principles of that address that is systematically
destroying this country. Therefore, a return to the wisdom of that address
would doubtless return our country to its former greatness.

There is only one "Father of His Country," and it is George Washington. Yet,
in the minds of today's Americans, Washington is inferior to the likes of
F.D.R. and Abraham Lincoln. Furthermore, the Gallup survey concludes that
both Democrats and Republicans (and conservatives and liberals) share
special infatuation with Lincoln.

I have witnessed the veracity of Gallup's findings. Go to just about any
private Christian school and one will find Abraham Lincoln idolized almost
to the point of deification. The same is also true in state schools, of
course.

Now, virtually everyone is saying that the election of Barack Obama is the
fulfillment of Lincoln's vision. They might be right. But just exactly what
does that mean?

According to the current edition of Newsweek magazine, "We are all
socialists now." The article states, "The U.S. government has already--under
a conservative Republican administration--effectively nationalized the
banking and mortgage industries." It continued, "Whether we want to admit it
or not . . . the America of 2009 is moving toward a modern European state."

Again quoting Newsweek, "The architect of this new era of big government?
History has a sense of humor, for the man who laid the foundations for the
world Obama now rules is George W. Bush, who moved to bail out the financial
sector last autumn with $700 billion.

"Bush brought the Age of Reagan to a close; now Obama has gone further,
reversing Bill Clinton's end of big government."

Unfortunately, Newsweek is dead right.

By the end of two G.W. Bush terms and one Obama term, the United States will
resemble socialist France far more than the independent nation
envisioned--and created--by George Washington. Yes, in a very real and
practical sense, this really is Abraham Lincoln's America.

More than any other single person, Abraham Lincoln shaped and formed modern
America. It was Abraham Lincoln who was the first President to flagrantly
and deliberately violate his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the
Constitution of the United States. His disregard and contempt for the
Constitution cannot be overstated.

In order to "preserve the Union," Lincoln destroyed the very principles upon
which the Union was created. His audacity is without equal. For example, to
prevent a possible vote of secession by the Maryland legislature, Lincoln
ordered federal troops to seize and arrest the Maryland congressional
delegation. And of course, he was more than willing to sacrifice hundreds of
thousands of America's finest and best to destroy Jefferson's declaration
that the states of our Union are "Free and Independent States."

I invite all those pro-Lincoln apologists out there to seriously answer this
question: Does an abusive husband who beats and batters his wife have the
right to force her (at the point of gun) to remain married to him? (Even the
God of the Bible, Who cast marriage in the most sacred terms, recognizes the
right of lawful separation.) If you answer no, how can you continue to
justify Abraham Lincoln's actions? In a political and governmental sense,
that is exactly what Lincoln did. Forced union, of any kind, is slavery. In
the name of emancipating slaves, Lincoln enslaved an entire nation.

It was Abraham Lincoln who, for all intents and purposes, destroyed
federalism and limited government in America. In fact, on December 15, 1866,
renowned British historian, Lord Acton, wrote a letter to General Robert E.
Lee. In the letter, Acton said, "I deemed that you were fighting the battles
of our liberty, our progress, and our civilization; and I mourn for the
stake which was lost at Richmond more deeply than I rejoice over that which
was saved at Waterloo."

It was Abraham Lincoln who first established the Nanny State, Big
Government, Big Brother, etc. Everything that Big-Government Presidents such
as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, George W. Bush,
and Barack Obama learned, they learned from Abraham Lincoln. That is why
these men love to quote Lincoln so much.

What is appalling is the manner in which the American people (including
professed conservatives and Christians) have allowed the politically correct
propaganda machine to brainwash their reasoning. Conservatives and liberals,
and Democrats and Republicans, now embrace Abraham Lincoln's America. As
Newsweek said, "We are all socialists now."

On what could prove to be a very interesting and even promising note,
however, is the fact that more than twenty states have recently proposed (or
are in the process of drafting) resolutions advancing their individual state
sovereignty. What do these states see coming? Do they see Socialism's twin
sister, Oppression, lurking around the corner? Are these states looking into
the future and preparing to take a stand for freedom and independence? What
an exciting prospect! Perhaps the great country that George Washington
birthed is not dead after all.

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(c) Chuck Baldwin

jmonty
03-12-2009, 04:11 PM
"destroyed federalism"

isn't that the opposite of what he did?

Dokken5
03-12-2009, 04:14 PM
I have been saying this for years. Lincoln was filth. He killed millions of Americans, used our military against our own people, and like a soviet country, refused to let independant states leave the "union." He used brute force, killed women and children, and started a bloody war for no other reason than politics. Slavery was a dying institution anyway, and was running its course. Does anyone believe that there would still be Slavery in the U.S. if the South was able to leave? Of course not. The blacks would have been better taken care of, and the transistion would have helped them more than reconstruction did. Lincoln should not be held in such high regards. Its political correctness at its finest.

HitItHard
03-12-2009, 04:21 PM
"destroyed federalism"

isn't that the opposite of what he did?

lol yea true i guess that was pretty much a typo LOL but still the message of the article is clear

jmonty
03-12-2009, 04:26 PM
is this the author:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Baldwin

"bachelor's and master's in theology"

i just had to make sure he didn't have a degree in history.

kosrebelyell
03-13-2009, 04:32 AM
federalism is defined in the 10th amendment. all powers not delegated to the federal government in article 1 section 8 are thereby left to the states or to the people. this is federalism. decentralized political power made up sovereign states that are united under one 'treaty' (constitution) to bind together for the common defense, etc. lincoln DID put the last nail in the coffin in the rights and sovereignty of the states.

baldwin's history is pretty dead on.

maryland's 'secessionist' sympathizing legislators werent the only thing he did in maryland when he put the state under MARTIAL law. he took over annapolis, he arrested the police chief of baltimore and the mayor for differing political views. among his 13-30K 'enemy combatants' (whooops that was bush) was the grandson of the guy who wrote the star spangled banner. he was unconstitutionally detained without habeus corpus in fort mchenry. need i say that his grandfather wrote the star spangled banner in the inner harbor of baltimore on a british prison ship right outside fort mchenry? lincoln also put cannons on the federal hill ready to assault baltimores inner harbor at a moments notice.

he unconstitutionally suspended the right of habeus corpus. the most notable case was john merryman. he put out an arrest warrant for the chief justice of the US, who resided in Maryland for putting out a dissenting opinion on lincolns suspension of habeus corpus. of all the detainees he threw in military briggs, he also confiscated their private property. martial law door to door warrantless searches and confiscation of weapons were standard practice.

lincoln deported an outspoken northern anti war senator, clement vallandigham. he shut down some 300 northern opposition news papers. held elections at bayonet point intimidating anyone who would possibly think of voting democrat. he is responsible for the death of some 620K soldiers, an undetermined but large number of civilian deaths, the rape, murder and pillage of white and black southerners and the iron fist soviet rule of the southern states as conquered territories after the war.

maryland my maryland, the states official song doesnt talk about the northern scum and the despots heel being on their shore for nothing.

defend this tyrant all you want.
i'll keep stating the truth







PROCLAMATION

To the PEOPLE of MARYLAND.

After sixteen months of oppression more galling than the Austrian tyranny, the Victorious Army of the South brings freedom to your doors. Its Standard now waves from the Potomac to Mason and Dixon's Line. The Men of Maryland who during the last long months, have been crushed under the heel of this terrible despotism now have the opportunity for working out their own redemption for which they have so long waited and suffered and hoped.

The Government of the Confederate States is pledged by the unanimous vote of its Congress, by the distinct declaration of its President, the Soldier and Statesman DAVIS, never to cease this War until Maryland has the opportunity to decide for herself her own fate, untrammelled and free from Federal bayonets.

The People of the South with unanimity unparalleled, have given their hearts to our native State and hundreds of thousands of her sons have sworn with arms in their hands, that you shall be free.

You must now do your part. We have the Arms here for you. I am authorized immediately to muster in for the War, Companies and Regiments. The Companies of one hundred men each. The Regiments of ten Companies. Come all who wish to strike for their liberties and their homes. Let each man provide himself with a stout pair of Shoes, a good Blanket and a Tin Cup --- Jackson's men have no Baggage.

Officers are in Frederick to receive Recruits, and all Companies formed will be armed as soon as mustered in.

Rise at once !

Remember the cells of Fort McHenry ! Remember the dungeons of Fort Lafayette and Fort Warren ! the insults to your Wives and Daughters --- the Arrests --- the midnight searches of your houses !

Remember these your wrongs, and rise at once in arms and strike for Liberty and Right !

BRADLEY T. JOHNSON,

COLONEL C. S. A.

Frederick, Maryland, Sept. 8th, 1862