[Rushtalk] The Lincoln Cult's Latest Cover-Up

Carl Spitzer lynux at keepandbeararms.com
Wed Mar 23 10:04:42 MDT 2016

                   The Lincoln Cult's Latest Cover-Up

                         by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

                        by Thomas J. DiLorenzo 

On July 19 the Associated Press and Reuter's reported an "amazing find"
at a museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania: A copy of a letter dated March
16, 1861, and signed by Abraham Lincoln imploring the governor of
Florida to rally political support for a constitutional amendment that
would have legally enshrined slavery in the U.S. Constitution. 

Actually, the letter is not at all "amazing" to anyone familiar with the
real Lincoln. It was a copy of a letter that was sent to the governor of
every state urging them all to support the amendment, which had already
passed the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, that would have
made southern slavery constitutionally "irrevocable," to use the word
that Lincoln used in his first inaugural address. The amendment passed
after the lower South had seceded, suggesting that it was passed with
almost exclusively Northern votes. Lincoln and the entire North were
perfectly willing to enshrine slavery forever in the Constitution. This
is one reason why the great Massachusetts libertarian abolitionist
Lysander Spooner, author of The Unconstitutionality of Slavery, hated
and despised Lincoln and his entire gang.

The Lincoln cult knows about all of this, but works diligently to keep
it out of view of the general public. The fact that news organizations
reported the "find," however, creates a problem for the cult. A
cover-up/excuse-making campaign must commence. 

The document was found in the Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Historical
Society archives in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The director of the
Society, Joseph Garrera, described in the press as "a Lincoln scholar,"
immediately announced that the document is not at all important, since
such documents are "a dime a dozen." 

Well, not really. Most of these kinds of documents have been
meticulously whitewashed from the historical record. When they do
surface and are made public, the Lincoln cult gets to work burying them
in an avalanche of excuses designed to fog the real meaning of the
documents in the minds of the average American. Garrerra's statement is
the first attempt at this. 

Every once in a while, though, a cult member (or an aspiring cult
member) slips up and spills the beans. A recent example is the
"political biography" of Lincoln recently published by the confessed
plagiarist Doris Kearns-Goodwin entitled Team of Rivals. This is
Goodwin's first publication on Lincoln, and she has apparently not been
filled in on the standard modus operandi of cover-up and obfuscation
that is the hallmark of "Lincoln scholarship." She discusses the
above-mentioned "first thirteenth amendment" in some detail (as I do in
my forthcoming book, Lincoln Unmasked: What You're Not Supposed to Know
About Dishonest Abe, to be published in October). 

Goodwin dug into the same original sources that all Lincoln scholars are
familiar with, but unlike most others, she includes the information in
her book. Not only did Lincoln support this slavery forever amendment,
but the amendment was his idea from the very beginning. He was the
secret author of it, orchestrating the politics of its passage from
Springfield before he was even inaugurated. Not only that, but he also
instructed his political compatriot, William Seward, to work on federal
legislation that would outlaw the various personal liberty laws that
existed in some of the Northern states. These laws were used to attempt
to nullify the federal Fugitive Slave Act. As explained by Goodwin (p.
296): "He [Lincoln] instructed Seward to introduce these proposals in
the Senate Committee of Thirteen without indicating they issued from
Springfield. The first resolved that ‘the Constitution should never be
altered so as to authorize Congress to abolish or interfere with slavery
in the states.' Another recommendation that he instructed Seward to get
through Congress was that ‘all state personal liberty laws in opposition
to the Fugitive Slave Law be repealed.'" 

Goodwin reveals all of this because the theme of her book is what a
great political conniver and manipulator Lincoln was and this, of
course, is a good example of such deceitfulness. In the eyes of a
lifelong statist like Goodwin, lying, deception and fakery are
praiseworthy traits for a politician. She praises him for his
pro-slavery amendment because it supposedly "held the Republican Party

Lincoln's efforts in this regard were enormously popular in the North,
and especially in Boston. A thoroughly racist society, the vast majority
of northerners wanted slavery to persist in the South because that would
keep black people in the South. They opposed the personal liberty laws
for the same reason: They wanted any escaped slaves to be eliminated
from their midst. Thus, Goodwin writes of how, when Seward made a speech
announcing these two proposals (the constitutional amendment and the
abolition of personal liberty laws) in Boston, "the galleries erupted in
thunderous applause." Lincoln's political handler and campaign manager,
the thoroughly corrupt New York City politician Thurlow Weed, "loved the
speech," writes Goodwin, again making the point that the proposals were
good politics because they "kept his fractious party together."

Lincoln's slavery forever amendment read as follows:

"No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or
give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State,
with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held
to labor or service by the laws of said State. (See U.S. House of
Representatives, 106th Congress, 2nd Session, The Constitution of the
United States of America: Unratified Amendments, Doc. No. 106-214).

In his first inaugural address Dishonest Abe explicitly supported this
amendment while pretending that he hardly knew anything about it (i.e.,
lying). What he said was: "I understand a proposed amendment to the
Constitution . . . has passed Congress, to the effect that the Federal
Government shall never interfere with the domestic institutions of the
states, including that of persons held to service." Then, while "holding
such a provision to be implied constitutional law, I have no objection
to its being made express and irrevocable." 

Lincoln was not an abolitionist and, unlike Lysander Spooner, he
believed that slavery was already constitutional. Nevertheless, he also
favored making it "express and irrevocable." 

The director of the museum in Allentown where Lincoln's letter to the
governors was recently discovered made a feeble attempt to dismiss this
entire episode as unimportant by saying that Lincoln was only being
"pragmatic." Actually, exactly the opposite is true. Another reason why
abolitionists like Spooner detested Lincoln, Seward, and the rest is
that he understood that their opposition to slavery was always
theoretical or rhetorical. They never came up with any kind of pragmatic
plan to end slavery peacefully, as the real pragmatists — the British,
Spanish, Dutch, French, and Danes — had done. Indeed, the political
leaders of these countries could have provided the Lincoln regime with a
detailed roadmap regarding how to go about it. But as Lincoln repeatedly
said, his agenda was always, first and foremost, to destroy the
secession movement, not to interfere with slavery. And as this episode
reveals, for once his actions matched his words.

                                                           July 24, 2006

Thomas J. DiLorenzo is a  professor of economics at Loyola College in
Maryland and the author of The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham
Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, (Three Rivers Press/Random
House). His next book, to be published in October, is Lincoln Unmasked:
What You're Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe (Crown Forum/Random

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