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Breaking away today from gaming news, something a tad more important for those who may be still under the false illusion that the 16th President of the United States of America was anything but a tyrant. If anything, we should have tracked down John Wilkes Booth and rewarded him with a *medal* Thanks to FancySoapsMan.
I'm dead serious.
What have you heard about Lincoln? He stopped slavery. He saved the Union. He was shot while watching a play. And probably you've heard this in church: was a great Christian leader. Time to dig in here, shall we?
Slavery: Abe Lincoln could have cared less about slavery (to an extent). Repeated time and time again, he wanted to save the Union rather than help blacks get out of a sticky situation. "But Bessen, he gave a political speech saying he thought slavery was evil!". True, but Clinton gave a speech to the American people that he didn't know what the word "is" meant. Bush Sr. gave a speech saying that he would "not raise taxes". Obama said he would bring "unity" to the two parties. It's a political speech. OnAugust 22, 1862, Lincoln said these words:
"If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union."
What did Lincoln think of black people? He didn't think too much of them. We'll get deeper into this in a moment. First, let's hear what this idiot had to say regarding this race he cared to "save":
"I am not now, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social or political equality of the white and black races. I am not now nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor of intermarriages with white people. There is a physical difference between the white and the black races which will forever forbid the two races living together on social or political equality. There must be a position of superior and inferior, and I am in favor of assigning the superior position to the white man." -1858
"I thought that in your struggle for the Union, to whatever extent the negroes should cease helping the enemy, to that extent it weakened the enemy in his resistance to you. Do you think differently? I thought that whatever negroes can be got to do as soldiers, leaves just so much less for white soldiers to do, in saving the Union. Does it appear otherwise to you? But negroes, like other people, act upon motives. Why should they do any thing for us, if we will do nothing for them?" -August 26, 1863
I don't know if you understand the last statement. That's what we consider "cannon fodder". In other words, let's make blacks think they're getting something when actually we're using them to protect whites against attacks. Strong words.
I know this may be shocking but there were black Confederate soldiers who joined to protect their businesses. Wait, what? Obviously they'd join the northern states in the fight to free the slaves, right? Wrong. It was illegal for blacks to own businesses in the north in almost all states. It was not illegal in the south. Black women actually owned businesses in the south such as in Louisiana. By Lincoln coming in to shake things up, he put some of these businesses out of order through murder.
Back to Lincoln, and one of the most shocking revelations to his racist behavior is his vision to ship all of the blacks out of America. You know, that saying "Ship 'em back to Africa!". That was a common northern idea and Lincoln very much supported this idea. Take for example his meeting with five black men (includingFrederick Douglass) in Washington D.C. onAugust 14, 1862. Lincoln suggested for them to move to Liberia. Not shocking, giving his state of Illinois refused to allow freed blacks into their state. Luckily, there was a reporter on scene as Lincoln gave his hate-fueled message to these men. This is a good quote from his ramblings:
"We look to our condition, owing to the existence of the two races on this continent. I need not recount to you the effects upon white men, growing out of the institution of Slavery. I believe in its general evil effects on the white race. See our present condition---the country engaged in war!---our white men cutting one another's throats, none knowing how far it will extend; and then consider what we know to be the truth. But for your race among us there could not be war, although many men engaged on either side do not care for you one way or the other. Nevertheless, I repeat, without the institution of Slavery and the colored race as a basis, the war could not have an existence."
I really hope you caught that. Frederick Douglas sure did. He was outraged that Lincoln claims that blacks started the war and it was time for them to go home.
I've read some historian thoughts on Lincoln's colonization crap, and I have to wonder how many racist historians we have. Some of them have stated "Well, everyone was racist back then.", which is a lie, since Lincoln had to face debates with people that were against slavery and colonization. It never ceases to amaze me that people will protect the evil of someone if they like that person.
Thanks for reading everyone. I'll have a Nintendo 3DS blog up later. I just have been meaning to write this and thought some of you who are under the spell that Lincoln was some hero, when he was not.
Next time in the adventures of Lincoln, we'll discuss how he broke the Constitution more times than you can shake a stick at. This includes prison without a trial, the destruction freedom of speech, and the murder of innocent so the railroad companies could survive.