[FlagFight] 3 Lincoln Letters

From: "james king"

Subject: 3 Lincoln Letters

Posted for information and educational purposes. Three Lincoln letters that I composed some time ago based on a review of the book "The Real Lincoln" by Thomas D. Lorenzo.
James King
Commander SCV Camp 141
Lt. Col. Thomas M. Nelson
Albany, Georgia
Lincoln Letter # 1

The "Honest Abe" Abraham Lincoln myth needs to be dispelled.

Lincoln used war to destroy the U.S. Constitution in order to establish a powerful central government. Lincoln illegally suspended the writ of habeas corpus; launched a military invasion without consent of Congress; blockaded Southern ports without declaring war; imprisoned without warrant or trial some 38,000 Northern citizens who opposed his policies; arrested dozens of newspaper editors and owners and, in some cases, had federal soldiers destroy their printing presses; censored all telegraph communication; nationalized the railroads; created three new states (Kansas, Nevada, and West Virginia) without the formal consent of the citizens of those states, an act that Lincoln’s own attorney general thought was unconstitutional; ordered Federal troops to interfere with Northern elections; deported a member of Congress from Ohio after he criticized Lincoln’s unconstitutional behavior; confiscated private property; confiscated firearms in violation of the Second Amendment; and eviscerated the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.

A New Orleans man was executed for merely taking down a U.S. flag; ministers were imprisoned for failing to say a prayer for Abraham Lincoln, and Fort Lafayette in New York harbor became known as "The American Bastille" since it held so many thousands of Northern political prisoners. All of this was catalogued decades ago in such books as James G. Randall’s Constitutional Problems Under Lincoln and Dean Sprague’s Freedom Under Lincoln.

"This amazing disregard for the Constitution," wrote historian Clinton Rossiter," was "considered by nobody as legal." "One man was the government of the United States," says Rossiter. Lincoln was an absolute dictator. Lincoln used his dictatorial powers to suppress all Northern opposition to his illegal and unconstitutional acts. This is not even controversial, and is painstakingly catalogued in the above-mentioned books as well as in The Real Lincoln (a new book by Thomas J. DiLorenzo).

Lincoln Letter #2

History has been very kind to Abraham Lincoln in view of his unconstitutional actions.

When the New York City Journal of Commerce published a list of over 100 Northern newspapers that opposed the Lincoln administration, Lincoln ordered the Postmaster General to deny those papers mail delivery, which is how nearly all newspapers were delivered at the time. A few of the papers resumed publication only after promising not to criticize the Lincoln administration. However many northern newspapers were burned and their owners imprisoned.

Lincoln ignored rulings hand-delivered to him by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney ordering Lincoln to respect and faithfully execute the laws of the United States. Taney – and virtually all legal scholars at the time – was of the opinion that only Congress could constitutionally suspend habeas corpus, and had his opinion hand delivered to Lincoln by courier. Lincoln ignored it and never even bothered to challenge it in court.

Lincoln urged his generals to conduct total war against the Southern civilian population. Again, this is not even controversial. As pro-Lincoln historian Steven Oates wrote in the December 1995 issue of Civil War Times, Lincoln fully endorsed Sheridan’s burning of the Shenandoah Valley, Sherman’s brutal March to the Sea through Georgia, and the destructive raid through Alabama. Historian James McPherson has written of how Lincoln micromanaged the war effort perhaps as much as any American president ever has. It is inconceivable, therefore, that he did not also micromanage the war on civilians that was waged by his generals.

Lincoln’s war strategy was called the "Anaconda Plan" because it sought to strangle the Southern economy by blockading the ports and controlling the inland waterways, such as the Mississippi River. It was, in other words, focused on destroying the civilian economy.

General Sherman declared on January 31, 1864 that "To the petulant and persistent secessionists, why, death is mercy." In a July 31, 1862 letter to his wife he said his goal was "extermination, not of soldiers alone, that is the least part of the trouble, but the people." And so he burned the towns of Randolph, Tennessee, Jackson and Meridian, Mississippi, and Atlanta to the ground after the Confederate army had left; bombarded cities occupied only by civilians in violation of the Geneva Convention of 1863; and boasted in his memoirs of destroying $100 million in private property and stealing another $20 million worth. All of this destroyed food stuffs and left women, children, and the elderly in the cold of winter without shelter or food.

Lincoln Letter # 3

Children in American schools are taught that "Abraham Lincoln was kind And generous." This is an outright lie written by northern historians.

If the Confederate States of America had won The War Between the States (Civil War) 1861-1865, Abraham Lincoln, Sherman, and Sheridan would have been tried for war crimes.

General Philip Sheridan destroyed the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, burning hundreds of houses to the ground and killing or stealing all livestock and destroying crops long after the Confederate Army had left the valley, just as winter was approaching.

General William T. Sherman burned Atlanta, Georgia and approximately 60 counties east to Savannah. Sherman’s New York regiments were filled with big city criminals and foreigners fresh from the jails of Europe. Lincoln recruited the worst of the worst to serve as pillagers and plunderers in Sherman’s army. They committed horrible atrocities against the civilian population of Georgia including women and children. They kidnapped approximately 600 women and children from a Roswell, Georgia mill and shipped them north where they were forced to work as slave labor in northern factories.

Lincoln used the war to "remove the constraints that Southern senators and congressmen, standing in the Jeffersonian tradition, placed in the way of centralized federal power, high tariffs, and subsidies to Northern industries." Indeed, Lincoln’s 28-year political career prior to becoming president was devoted almost exclusively to this end. Even Lincoln idolater Mark Neely, Jr., in The Fate of Liberty, noted that as early as the 1840s, Lincoln exhibited a "gruff and belittling impatience" with constitutional arguments against his cherished Whig economic agenda of protectionist tariffs, corporate welfare for the railroad and road building industries, and a federal government monopolization of the money supply. Once he was in power, Lincoln appointed himself "constitutional dictator" and immediately pushed through this mercantilist economic agenda – an agenda that had been vetoed by president after president beginning with Jefferson.

Far from saving the Union, Lincoln utterly destroyed the Union achieved by the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution. The original Union was a voluntary association of states. By holding it together at gunpoint Lincoln may have "saved" the Union in a geographic sense, but he destroyed it in a philosophical sense.

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