AMERICA'S GREATEST WAR CRIMINAL
(From a column by Ron Holland - May 2004)
(A slightly tongue and cheek article showing how the winners
of wars get to write and whitewash all history to the tune of the victors.) Were
it not so, then in the Southern history books of a victorious Confederate States
of America, Lincoln would in deed be lumped together with other tyrants of
history including Hitler, Mao and Stalin.
Abraham Lincoln should without a
doubt be named America’s greatest war criminal. His war of invasion not only
killed over 600,000 innocent Americans but it was obvious from his earlier
speeches that he had previously advocated the prevalent constitutional right of
democratic, state by state secession. Lincoln’s War also effectively overthrew
the existing decentralized, limited federal government that had existed and
governed well in the US since established by America’s founding fathers.
Lincoln bastardized a respected federal government with limited powers into a
dictatorial, uncontrollable Washington federal empire.
Because of Lincoln, the former American constitutional republic fell from a
dream of liberty and limited government into the nightmare big government we
have today without the earlier checks and balances of state sovereignty. After
Lincoln, In foreign policy, the US forgot George Washington’s warning about
and we became an aggressive military abroad until today we have troops defending
the Washington Empire in over 144 nations around the world.
Lincoln shares his war criminal actions with other well know tyrants that waged
war on their own people. History shows us that politicians make war against
their own citizens even more than against foreign nations. The reasons are often
to establish and preserve their power base, as was the case in the Russian
Revolution and the Mao Revolution. For others, like Hitler, it was misguided
super patriotism and racism that brought death to tens of millions. Sadly, in
the case of Abraham Lincoln’s war against the Confederacy and Southern
civilians, it was all for money, company profits and government tariff revenues.
A simple case of political pay back in return for the Northeastern manufacturing
interests that supported the Republican Party and his campaign for the
The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations is, in extending
our commercial relations to have with them as little political connections as
possible. It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances, with any
portion of the foreign world.
Early in his career, Abraham
Lincoln was an honorable statesman who let election year politics and the
special interests supporting his presidential campaign corrupt a once great man.
He knew what he was doing was wrong and unconstitutional but succumbed, as in
the case of many modern day politicians, to the allure of money, power and ego.
Any people anywhere, being
inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the
existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a
most valuable, a most sacred right - a right which we hope and believe is to
liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole
people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of
such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of
the territory as they inhabit.
-- Abraham Lincoln January 12, 1848
This quote above shows Lincoln as
a statesman 12 years before he plunged the United States into its most
disastrous war. Suffering a death toll so high in death rates as a percentage of
total population, his act of carnage ranks with the political genocides of
Stalin, Lenin and Mao during their communist revolutions. A death toll so great
that it dwarfs the American deaths in all of our many declared and undeclared
wars before and since this American holocaust of death and destruction.
From the following quote you can
see that later Lincoln radically adjusted his rhetoric to meet the needs and
demands of his business establishment supporters and financial supporters.
No state, upon its own mere motion, can
lawfully get out of the Union. Plainly, the central idea of secession, is
the essence of anarchy. --Abraham
Why the complete change in
rhetoric and actions? Simple, to preserve high tariffs and corporate profits for
the Northeastern business establishment. Lincoln who earlier in his career had
obviously favored the right of peaceful secession, provoked a war that killed
600,000 Americans, as a pay back to the eastern manufacturing establishment that
bankrolled his presidential campaign. These special interests would have
suffered serious financial loss if a low tariff Confederate States of America
were allowed to peacefully, democratically and constitutionally secede from the
United States in lawful state constitutional conventions of secession which were
identical to the ratification conventions when they had joined the Union. Thus
the real reasons for the death and destruction of Lincoln’s War were covered
up and hidden by historians who continue, even today, to deny the truth and hide
the ultimate costs of Lincoln’s American holocaust.
While Lincoln’s death toll is
small in comparison to total deaths by Mao, Lenin, Stalin and Hitler, there are
many similarities between these men. In the Russian Civil War, from 1917 - 1922
around 9 million died under Lenin and we must add another 20 million under
Stalin from 1929 to 1939. The Mao communist regime in China killed 44 to 70
million Chinese from 1949 – 1975.
Still the US constitutional
republic, as established by our founding fathers, was in effect destroyed by
Lincoln’s unconstitutional war just as surely as Mao and Lenin over threw the
existing Chinese and Russian governments.
The multitude of Lincoln
apologists would say that this is just another Confederate argument certainly
not accepted by most historians. I might counter that the opinions and books of
these "so called" establishment historians who live off my tax dollars
through government funding at liberal controlled universities and think tanks
are prejudiced towards Lincoln and Washington DC. They are no different from the
official government historians in China, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
Their job is to lie to the American people and cover up a true and honest
account of our history in order to support the government and political system
History shows us that a fair and
honest discussion of Lincoln’s wartime actions will not be possible as long as
the Washington political establishment remains in power. Since Lincoln, the
Washington Empire has reigned supreme and omnipotent and for this reason,
establishment historians have never honestly debated the Lincoln war crimes.
Consider this. Was a fair and
honest account of Lenin or Stalin written and published during the Soviet
Communist regime? Of course not. Could a less than worshipful history of Hitler’s
Third Reich have been published until after 1945? No! Even today, with only
nominal communist control of China, an honest appraisal of Mao’s revolution
and crimes against the Chinese people still is not possible. It is no different
today in the United States than it is in Red China or was in Nazi Germany or the
Soviet Union. Just as Lenin’s statue could not be toppled in Red Square until
after the fall of the Soviet Communist government, or the truth about Hitler
couldn’t be told until after defeat of Nazi Germany, it is the same here in
the United States.
It is my hope that someday, in
the not too distant future, a true account of the war crimes of Lincoln will be
discussed, debated and even acknowledged. The Lincoln Memorial should be
remodeled to show the horrors of "Lincoln the War Criminal" with the
opportunity for all to visit Washington and learn how war crimes, genocide and
holocaust are not just crimes that foreign politicians commit. Government and
political tyranny can and has happened here just like in Germany, China and the
Soviet Union and that through education and honest history, it will never happen
In the future, may we have the
opportunity to learn about the Nazi holocaust at the United
States National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and then have the
chance to visit the Lincoln War Crimes and American Holocaust Museum a few
blocks away. One will state for all the world that NEVER AGAIN will a tyrant or
government be allowed to target, exterminate and destroy an ethnic, racial or
religious minority. The other will pledge NEVER AGAIN in America will we allow a
president or government to make unconstitutional war against Sovereign states or
their citizens and then cover up the truth up for over 145 years.
We should start today with an
honest appraisal of what Lincoln really did to Dixie, how our black and white
innocent noncombatants suffered under his total war policy against civilians.
Finally we should address the cost in lives, lost liberty and federal taxes the
citizens of the US have had to endure because our limited constitutional
republic was destroyed.
Abraham Lincoln was a great man,
a smart politician and he could have been an excellent president, had he
considered the short-term costs of his high tariff and the long time price every
American had to pay for his war of invasion. It is time to stop worshipping
Lincoln and educate the public about the war crimes he committed against the
citizens of the Southern States so this WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!
Ron Holland is a financial and political writer and investment consultant living in Asheville, NC.
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