Politicians should take a closer look at Lincoln’s past

Published 6:41 pm Monday, February 16, 2009

Dear Editor:

Shamefully, politicians from Barack Obama to Beth Chapman are urging Americans to follow the example of Abraham Lincoln, in spite of the following historical facts:

Lincoln ordered 38 American Sioux Indians publicly hung at the same time on Dec. 26, 1862, the largest mass hanging in U.S. history (www.unitednativeamerica.com);

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Lincoln deported hundreds of free blacks to poverty-stricken Haiti, telling black leaders on Aug. 14, 1862, “There is an unwillingness on the part of our people for you free colored people to remain with us.” (www.thelincolnlog.org/view/1862/8/14);

Lincoln publicly stated he started the war only to collect a 40 percent import tax on southerners, causing the unnecessary death of over 600,000 Americans;

Lincoln ordered thousands of northern political opponents thrown in prison, including newspaper editors and Legislators;

Lincoln hypocritically exempted all northern slave-owners from his Emancipation Proclamation, including Gen. Grant who owned four slaves the entire war;

Lincoln invited mediums to the white house in attempts to communicate with his dead son; and

Ten of Lincoln’s closest friends wrote that Lincoln was not a christian in The Life of Abraham Lincoln (pages 486-504) by Ward Lamon (read online atwww.books.google.com.)

Woe to Americans if Obama and Chapman follow Lincoln’s example.

Roger K. Broxton, President

Confederate Heritage Fund

Andalusia, Alabama