GEORGE WASHINGTON, WHILE FLAWED, AS IS ANY HUMAN BEING, was surely the best president the United States ever had. Abraham Lincoln may well have been the worst president—although there is no shortage of runners-up for the title, such as GeorgeW. Bush and Bill Clinton, and others. Lincoln certainly brought more destruction on the country than any other president. There is a myth that Lincoln fought his war against the Southern states to end slavery. He did not. That was an afterthought, in a bid to rally support in the Northern states (some of which themselves had slavery). He fought his vicious war supposedly to “preserve the union.” Having voluntarily joined the union, didn’t the states have the right to leave? Was it worth the cost in blood? Some say slavery wouldn’t have ended without the war, but that’s not true. Britain and many other countries stopped slavery without a war. In addition to the vast cost in human lives, Lincoln’s war completely changed the nature of the U.S. government—elevating the federal government’s importance in some decidedly unfortunate ways. Many other presidents were mediocre or tyrannically followed in Lincoln’s footprints. So why is Lincoln’s birth celebrated on George Washington’s birthday?
BY CHUCK BALDWIN
What began as an observance for President Washington but has since the 1980 smorphed into the generic “Presidents Day” (it will be Feb. 15 in 2010), a politically correct celebration of mediocrity that forces our nation’s greatest president to be lumped together with incompetents such
as GeorgeW. Bush, Ulysses S. Grant, FDR and Woodrow Wilson.
On the occasion of Presidents Day, a USAToday/Gallup poll asked the American people to select the greatest president. The top five presidents, according to the poll, are (in order): Ronald Reagan (he was rated No. 1), John Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and George Washington.
Can you believe it? Washington was rated fifth. Fifth! With a vote total of only 9 percent, no less. 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. Washington almost single-handedly kept a struggling Continental Army (along with a fledgling nation, for that matter) together. Take away Washington, and there are no stories of Valley Forge, the crossing of the Delaware River,
no Yorktown victory.
A lesser man would doubtless have succumbed to the call of many 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 Washington. Yet, in the minds of today’s Americans, Washington is inferior to the likes of FDR and JFK.
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 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 George W. Bush terms and one Obama term, the United States will resemble socialist France far more than the independent nation envisioned—and created—by Washington. Yes, in a very real and practical sense, this really is Lincoln’s America. More than any other single person, Lincoln shaped and formed modern America.
It was 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. Of course, he was more than willing to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of America’s finest and best to destroy Thomas Jefferson’s
declaration that the states of our union are “free and independent states.”
I invite all those Lincoln apologists out there to seriously answer this question: Does a husband who beats 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 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 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 Gen. 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 Lincoln who first established the nanny state, Big Government, Big Brother etc. Everything that Big-Government presidents such as Wilson, F.D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton, Bush I and Bush II and Barack Obama learned, they learned from 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 Christians) have allowed the “politically correct” propaganda machine to brainwash their reasoning. Conservatives and liberals, and Democrats and Republicans, now embrace Lincoln’s America. As Newsweek said,
“We are all socialists now.”
What could prove to be a very interesting and even promising note, however, is the fact that more than 20 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 Washington birthed is not dead after all.
CHUCK BALDWIN is a populist and nationalist preacher who made headlines when he ran for president as the candidate for the Constitution Party in 2008. If you appreciate this column and want to help the author distribute these editorial opinions to an ever-growing audience, please go to www.chuckbaldwinlive.com. Radio or television talk show hosts interested in scheduling an interview with Chuck should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Readers may also respond to this column via snail mail. The address is P.O. Box 37070, Pensacola, Florida. When responding, please include your name, city and state. Unless otherwise requested, all respondents will be added to the “ChuckWagon” address list.