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L. Neil Smith's
Number 728, July 7, 2013

"Obama doesn't seem to have learned
the most important lesson of our
times: never fuck with the geeks."

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by Rex May

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Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

Daisuke Jigen No, that's not Abe Lincoln, there, though it does look a lot like him, don't you think? It's the hired gun, Daisuke Jigen. They really have a lot in common, both apparently having learned their trade in the nasty streets of Chicago, the main difference being that Jigen does his own killing and doesn't pretend to any kind of moral superiority or any of that "four score and seven" blather. But that comparison is just a hangup of mine. And this isn't just about Abe Lincoln, but about the Civil War. They're hard to separate, though. I never could get into the Lincoln cult, and for whatever reasons I've always thought of Lincoln as a politician, not a demigod, and despite Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman and Steven Spielberg, I see no reason to change my mind. Why is the guy who almost destroyed the Union thought of as the guy who preserved it? The Brits couldn't break us, but Abe Lincoln almost did. We had a hellish stupid four-year war that killed seven hundred thousand Americans and we're perversely proud of it and we deify the clumsy politician who caused it. Well, I'm starting to rant. Let me hand the baton to the cooler-headed Steve Sailer, who can point out the madness of the Civil War and its aftermath in a much more measured way. For example, he writes:

The 16th president has been so sanctified that we're not supposed to notice that Lincoln's insularity left him unready to lead during the great crisis of secession in 1860-1861. Conversely, Lincoln's detractors like to portray him as a power-mad dictator. Yet his actions during the crucial months in which the Civil War might have been averted are most redolent of a crafty small-town lawyer who was badly in over his head in his new role. Lincoln worked hard and learned fast, but by the time he was ready for his job, the worst catastrophe in American history was underway.

In early October 1860, the experienced Democratic candidate Stephen Douglas conceded to his secretary, "Mr. Lincoln is the next President. We must try to save the Union. I will go South."

Ouch! Not much "Oh, Captain, my Captain" there. I've always felt that Douglas and Seward and Buchanan and Davis and Lee and even Grant were metaphorically bigger men than Lincoln anyway. Steve Sailer is really on a roll with this one. Read the whole thing HERE. Whoa! He just did ANOTHER POST ON THE SUBJECT.

Reprinted from Mr. May's "Ex-Army" blog

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