Monday, February 16, 2009

President's Day

Today is called "President's Day" by some who wish to honor Abraham Lincoln along with George Washington. 'Court' Historians Rank Lincoln as our Greatest President. He was arguably our worst. If that claim sounds ridiculous to you, start with Mark Alexander's essay here or here if you don't like pdf's. In addition to zillions of anti-Lincoln articles here, a few more recent essays are found below.

What about George Washington? He's known as "the Father of his Country." Perhaps his three best-known "achievements" are

• leading the Continental Army in the War for Independence;
• presiding over the Constitutional Convention;
• reigning as the first President of the United States under the Constitution.

All of these are arguably huge mistakes.

The Bible clearly commands us to avoid violent revolution against the powers that be. Pay your taxes, don't get your muskets out. Couldn't be clearer.

Patrick Henry, George Mason, and many other "anti-federalists" were right to refuse to sign or support the Constitution. They doubted the claims made by its proponents that its "checks and balances" and "separation of powers" and "Bill of Rights" and popular representation would prevent another tyranny from emerging on this soil. Ha! The anti-federalists were right.

Following the end of the war in 1783, Washington returned to private life and retired to his plantation at Mount Vernon. He spoke of his desire to live safely under his own Vine & Fig Tree, prompting an incredulous King George III to state, "If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world."

But he left private life, he left his Vine & Fig Tree, and began a line of monarchs that has now extended to Abraham Lincoln II.

America was once an "Experiment in Liberty." It is now a horrible Frankensteinian experiment in government central planning. It is the new Soviet Union.

Happy President's Day.

PJB: Mr. Lincoln’s War: An Irrepressible Conflict? Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

The Mises Review: Forced Into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream by Lerone Bennett, Jr.

Taking the gloss off of the Great Emancipator -- Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

Admiring and Disillusioned, I Turn from Lincoln to Jesus

The Birthday Boys Darwin and Lincoln by Gary North

A 'Lincoln Scholar' Comes Clean by Thomas DiLorenzo

Iron Ink - Celebrating All Week Lincoln's 200th Birthday - I

Iron Ink - Celebrating All Week Lincoln's 200th Birthday - II

Iron Ink - Lincoln The Christian? Happy Birthday Abe -- III

Iron Ink - Lincoln And Freedom? -- Happy Birthday Abe -- IV

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