Will Ron Paul Destroy the ‘Party of Lincoln’? by Thomas DiLorenzo

Former Bush administration speechwriter Michael Gerson, who is now a columnist for the company newspaper of the company town known as Washington, D.C., recently authored yet another hysterical neocon rant over the Ron Paul candidacy. Ron Paul is on a “quest to undo the Party of Lincoln,” blared Gerson’s headline. Every freedom-loving, patriotic American can only hope and pray that Ron Paul succeeds.

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Gerson’s tone is dripping with venomous hatred when he accuses Ron Paul of being some kind of nut by calling the Civil War “senseless” and of saying that Lincoln ruled with an iron fist. Generations of historians have also called the Civil War “senseless” or something similar. “The bumbling generation” is how some historians describe the Civil War-era politicians who plunged the nation into war, the most preeminent of whom was Lincoln himself. But when Ron Paul refers to the war in that way what he has in mind is the true historical fact that all other countries of the world that ended slavery in the nineteenth century – including most of the Northern states in the U.S – did so peacefully. The British, French, Spaniards, Dutch, Swedes, Danes, and others ended slavery in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, all of Central America, Mexico, Bolivia, Uruguay, the French and Danish colonies, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela without resorting to the mass murder and destruction of war. (See Jim Powell. Greatest Emancipations: How the West Ended Slavery; Robert Fogel and Stanley Engerman, Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery; and Slavery in New York, published by the New York Historical Society).

Only Gerson’s beloved “Party of Lincoln” used slaves as political pawns in a war that all of them – Lincoln as well as the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress of 1861-1865 – stated over and over again was commenced to “save the union” (and consolidate political power in Washington, D.C.), and not to disturb Southern slavery. As Lincoln said in his famous 1862 letter to newspaper editor Horace Greeley, “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it not either to save or destroy slavery.

If I could save the Union without freeing any slave 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.” On July 22, 1861 the U.S. Congress announced to the world that the purpose of the war it had commenced was NOT “interference with the rights or established institutions of those states” [i.e., slavery], but to preserve the Union with the rights of the several states unimpaired.” Gerson is obviously unaware of all of this…..


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  2. eternalu says:

    Not only is Dr. Paul correct in educating himself from the work of Thomas DiLorenzo and other responsible Civil War historians, but he is also correct in recognizing the unconstitutional power-grabbing by recent Presidents, Democrat and Republican alike – in obedience to a financial cabal whose members haven’t changed much in 200 years. The Panic of 1837 was caused by ‘fractional reserve banking,’ rampant speculation, and the issuance of worthless paper money by the banks. Then one of the first acts of Lincoln was to bring in The Morrill Tariff, which was aimed squarely at imports into the South and was far more onerous than that forced on the colonies by Britain in the 18th century. With today’s economic crisis, I believe the South will be targetted again. There are causes, and there are songs to remind us of the values which are the important ones in the crisis to come: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzIQdFlUDtI

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