Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Glenn Beck, Like His Hero Abraham Lincoln, Does Not Understand the Concept of State Sovereignty
Also equates Abraham Lincoln to Moses and George Washington, despite the fact that Lincoln began a long and bloody war to put and end to one major issue that Beck advocates; secession
by Larry Simons
August 31, 2010
As if FOX News neocon stooge Glenn Beck needed another glaring contradiction to stare him in the face and laugh its head off, he has one anyway. This past Saturday at Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington D.C., Beck gave a speech that, if you removed all the errors, contradictions and Christian nationalism, it would have been like watching a silent movie.
The very first contradiction is the title of the rally, “Restoring Honor” while having the rally at the memorial of a man [Lincoln] who destroyed honor for his country by being a racist dictator who continually trampled on the Constitution. Lincoln launched the bloodiest war in this country’s history simply because he resented the entire concept of freedom and liberty by believing [as many Americans still do today] that state secession is an act of treason, despite the fact that our country was formed from an act of secession [from England].
Beck began by quoting Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, a speech with many glaring errors. Beck begins:
“If I may share with you the Gettysburg Address and ask you if it doesn’t apply to today:
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.”
First of all, the founders did not create a “nation” but a confederation of states. Lincoln’s usage of the word “nation” throughout the aforementioned quote is ill informed. States are sovereign and independent, as the founders state in the Declaration by saying “These colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, they have full power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other Acts and things which Independent States may of right do.” In other words, the Independent States can easily be viewed as separate “countries”. The founders clearly understood this. Beck does not.
Lincoln historian Thomas J. DiLorenzo states in “The Real Lincoln”:
“The death of states’ rights ultimately meant that Americans were forced to effectively give up the idea of government by consent. In its place was put the European idea that citizens owe obedience to the central state---the very idea that caused many of the original colonists to flee England in the first place.”
What Beck miserably fails to comprehend is that it is because of Lincoln’s disdain for liberty that he launched the war to begin with. Lincoln did not believe in state sovereignty. If he had, he would have allowed the states to secede without the use of military force to “save the Union”.
“It could not have been a mere accident or oversight that, in his Gettysburg Address, Lincoln quoted the dictum in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal but completely ignored the part about how governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed and that whenever governments become destructive of liberty, it is the duty of the citizens to replace the existing government. The Federal victory in the war did irreparable damage to the concept that the powers of the American government are derived from the consent of the governed. As the founders understood it, consent of the governed had little meaning in the absence of state sovereignty and the right of secession.”
“Far from “saving the Union”, Lincoln destroyed it in the philosophical sense, if by “Union” one means a voluntary confederation of states. Forcing a state (or states) to remain in the Union at gunpoint defeats the whole purpose of having a union in the first place”
“After the Gettysburg Address, I invite you today, go in and read the second inaugural. Abraham Lincoln found God in the scars of Gettysburg. He was baptized and gave the second inaugural. He looked to God and set men free.”
Here, Beck appears to be referring to the fake Lincoln quote that supposedly after viewing the battlefield at Gettysburg, Lincoln said, “I then and there consecrated myself to Christ. Yes I do love Jesus!” Lincoln never said this. This quote most likely was spread by the New England clergy to equate Lincoln with Jesus and Moses, as Beck does when, during his rally speech, he says:
“Have trust in the Lord, and recognize that Moses and Abraham Lincoln and George Washington…they were men. They were just like you.”
Like the New England clergy after the war, Beck erroneously links Lincoln with Moses and probably is one of the still lingering misinformed stooges that still refers to Lincoln as the “redeemer president”.
What I find interesting is that just last year on Beck’s show on FOX, he spoke with New Hampshire State Representative Dan Itse about NH proposing a bill to protect states rights and secede from the Union if need be. Beck was in agreement with Itse during the entire segment and made no secret about the fact that he endorses state secession when he stated:
“I find this so fascinating because I read the founding fathers, I know what they believed…and it makes no sense that you couldn’t back out of the Union if they started trampling on those rights. It would only make sense.”
Yes, you're right. It would make sense Glenn. That’s why the founders instructed that the Independent States have every right to separate themselves from a Federal government that was in violation of the Constitution, which is exactly what the southern states did in 1861. Beck’s hero, Abraham Lincoln, simply would not stand for any free, independent, sovereign state to withdrawal from his plan to form a more powerful, centralized government, so Lincoln gathered his armies and invaded the South, destroying the very voluntary Union that he swore he was “saving”.
Watch Beck endorse what Lincoln hated…secession
So, why does Beck admire Lincoln so much, if his hero brutally murdered over a quarter of a million people to extinguish state secession---the very thing that Beck endorses? Because Beck is a controlled, confused, brainwashed sell-out and simply either has no clue that his endorsement of secession and admiration of Lincoln are at complete odds with each other on a massive scale, or he realizes it and is part of the widespread brotherhood of Lincoln cultists who view Lincoln as “the great emancipator” or “honest Abe”, and have been repeating the 145-year-old lie that Lincoln “ended slavery” and “saved the Union”.
Thomas DiLorenzo clearly and brilliantly explains why Beck and so many others portray Lincoln as a “saint”. He states in “Lincoln Unmasked”:
“If Lincoln was such a saint, why can’t his record speak for itself? The gatekeepers….ignore unpleasant facts about Lincoln, such as his suspension of habeas corpus, his imprisonment of tens of thousands of Northern political opponents during the War between the States, his shutting down of hundreds of opposition newspapers, his micromanagement of the bombing of Southern cities and the waging of war on civilians, his pledge to support a constitutional amendment prohibiting the federal government from ever interfering with Southern slavery, and his lifelong white supremacist views.”
Why didn’t Beck mention any of this on Saturday? Because it wouldn't have went over well with a large crowd of nutty, religious Lincoln apologists---and of course, it would have given an indication that Glenn Beck endorses something else more precious......the truth.