In the current climate of hysteria over the Confederate Battle Flag, It is always amusing to me that Republican’s are viewed as racists and Democrat’s as non-racist. (not that I give a damn about either party, they are all corrupt and have no desire to help us, the true slaves). I guess 1984 “revisionist” thinking is a hallmark of the age we live in. Most people do not understand that Lincoln, a Republican president, was the hero of the end of slavery. And, that in the civil rights movement, it was the southern Democrats, not Republicans, by and large, that resisted the movement.
However, what hardly anyone ever truly understands is that Lincoln would not have freed the slaves if he thought it was possible not to. In a letter, dated 22 Aug 1862 to Horace Greeley, President Lincoln made the following statement:
“…If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it…”
Mr. Lincoln’s primary objective was not to free the slaves, but to save the “Union”. I.E., his primary objective was to keep the states that wanted to secede from doing so. It is very informative that his Memorial shows him resting his hands on the Fasci, symbol of Governmental Control (it is where we get the term “Facism”):
“…The Italian term fascismo derives from fascio meaning a bundle of hay, ultimately from the Latin word fasces. This was the name given to political organizations in Italy known as fasci, groups similar to guilds or syndicates and at first applied mainly to organisations on the Left. In 1919, in Milan, Mussolini founded the Fasci Italiani di Combattimento—which, in 1921, became the Partito Nazionale Fascista (National Fascist Party). The Fascists came to associate the name with the ancient Roman fasces or fascio littorio—a bundle of rods tied around an axe, an ancient Roman symbol of the authority of the civic magistrate carried by his lictors, which could be used for corporal and capital punishment at his command…”
Definition of FASCISM”. Merriam-Webster. April 27, 2013.
Falasca-Zamponi, Simonetta, Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini’s Italy University of California Press (2000), p.95
Johnston, Peter (April 12, 2013). “The Rule of Law: Symbols of Power”. The Keating Center. Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Watkins, Tom (2013). “Policing Rome: Maintaining Order in Fact and Fiction”. Fictional Rome. Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
New World, Websters (2005). Webster’s II New College Dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Reference Books. ISBN 0-618-39601-2.
Payne, Stanley (1995). A History of Fascism, 1914–45. University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 0-299-14874-2.
Everything that happened in the Civil War happened (from his viewpoint) to keep the South from seceding, plain and simple.
Here is the full text of his letter, which you can read on the New York Times website:
A LETTER FROM PRESIDENT LINCOLN.; Reply to Horace Greeley. Slavery and the Union The Restoration of the Union the Paramount Object.
Published: August 24, 1862
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 1862.
Hon. Horace Greeley:
DEAR SIR: I have just read yours of the 19th, addressed to myself through the New-York Tribune. If there be in it any statements or assumptions of fact which I may know to be erroneous, I do not now and here controvert them. If there be in it any inferences which I may believe to be falsely drawn, I do not now and here argue against them. If there be perceptible in it an impatient and dictatorial tone, I waive it in deference to an old friend, whose heart I have always supposed to be right.
As to the policy I “seem to be pursuing,” as you say, I have not meant to leave any one in doubt.
I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored the nearer the Union will be “the Union as it was.” If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time save Slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy Slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is 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 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 this Union, and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views. I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty, and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men, everywhere, could be free. Yours,