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Did You Ever Think That Some Government Workers Are Idiots?

This is a tweet from the National Park Service:

So Ford’s Theater wants to be the site of a second Lincoln assassination?

Yes, we do put Lincoln up on a pedestal and rightfully so.

This is evidenced by the fact that other than the Bible, more books on Lincoln have been written than any other topic.

We have always been impressed with Lincoln’s pragmatism in many of his decisions. His cabinet was full of people that didn’t like him, but they were the best people for the job. He was disliked in his own party because he was too soft or to hard on slavery depending on who you talked to. Lincoln knew that the US would not be a great country if secession had allowed to occur. So when the South attacked Fort Sumter, Lincoln responded with the idea that the Civil Was was not a war between nations, but a war between brothers.

Perhaps what always impresses us the most is that Lincoln changed his views on things when faced with new evidence. People will often point to his anti-negro statements before the Civil War as showing he was a racist. (We use the term “negro” because that was the term of the day.) But as time went on and Lincoln was met more negroes, his view on them changed. He wanted to end slavery but worried how negroes would fare once freed.

In many ways, Lincoln was forced to face the same question the Founding Fathers did – how to address the slavery issue and yet keep the country as a whole.

He knew – just as the Founding Fathers did – that the country had to first survive and then slavery would be addressed.

No Lincoln? No United States as we know it, and slavery would have lasted longer.

After Lincoln was elected president, he literally sneaked into Washington under the cover of darkness on a train. Confederate sympathizers in the Maryland had vowed to assassinate Lincoln and prevent him from becoming president by taking the oath of office. By the end of the war, Maryland and Marylanders’ views on Lincoln had changed. His funeral train back to Illinois was met with thousands of people along the tracks – including those in Maryland.

Ford’s Theater wants to “re-imagine” views on Lincoln and whether he should be on a pedestal? Fine. We can accept that challenge. First go read the accounts of freed slaves and free born “negroes” of the era and then get back to us.

It just boggles the mind that a National Park Service tweet would try to somehow demean Lincoln. Not only that, Ford’s Theater would be long gone if not for what happened to Lincoln that fateful night on April 15, 1864.

We guarantee that Lincoln was and is far more important to the history of the United States than the National Park service and the pusillanimous little twit running the NPS social media account.

(ht/ Town Hall)



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