Saturday, May 3, 2014

If He Were Alive Today, Could Abe Lincoln Own an NBA Team?

By Thomas DiLorenzo

No way.  And no mistress would be needed to set him up to prove it.   All the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the world would need is Abe’s own public pronouncements about what he thought of black people.  Like these, for example:  “Free them [black slaves] and make them politically and socially our equals?  My own feelings will not admit of this . . . . We can not then make them equals.”  (Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln , Vol. II, p. 256).

“There is a natural disgust in the minds of nearly all white people, to the idea of an indiscriminate amalgamation of the white and black races.” (Collected Works, Vol. II, p. 405).

“What I would most desire would be the separation of the white and black races.” (Collected Works, Vol. II, p. 521).

“I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races . . . .  I . . . am in favor of the race to which I belong, having the superior position.  I have never said anything to the contrary.”  (Collected Works Vol. III, p. 16).

“I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races . . . .  I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people.”  (Collected Works, Vol. III, pp. 145-146).

“I will to the very last stand by the law of this state [Illinois], which forbids the marrying of white people with negroes.”  (Collected Works, Vol. III, p. 146).

“Senator Douglas remarked . . . that . . . this government was made for the white people and not for negroes.  Why, in point of mere fact, I  think so too.”  (Collected Works, Vol. II p. 281).

“Let us be brought to believe it is morally right . . . to transfer the African to his native clime.”  (Collected Works, Vol. II, p. 409).

“The place I am thinking about having for a colony [for the deportation of all black people] is in Central America.  It is nearer to us than Liberia.”  (Collected Works, Vol. V, pp. 373-374).

“I think no wise man has perceived, how it [slavery] could be at once eradicated, without producing a greater evil, even to the cause of human liberty itself.”  (Collected Works, Vol. II, p. 130).

“I say that we must not interfere with the institution of slavery . . . because the constitution forbids it, and the general welfare does not require us to do so.”  (Collected Works, Vol. III, p. 460).

Would TMZ report on any of this?  Not likely. Lincoln was an economic statist and a warmongering imperialist.  Today he would be called a “neoconservative.”  That’s why neocon propaganda mills like Hillsdale College erect statues of him for purposes of idol worshipping.

The above originally appeared at


  1. Tom's analysis is highly flawed (wink, wink) because as we all know, and as CNN has just written in a piece "Of course Presidents Lie" (, good old honest Abe was just LYING in all of those voluminous cites that Tom has produced.

    Key excerpt:

    Even "Honest Abe," whose majestic "Gettysburg Address" the nation commemorated this week, was a skillful liar, says Meg Mott, a professor of political theory at Marlboro College in Vermont.

    Lincoln lied about whether he was negotiating with the South to end the war. That deception was given extended treatment in "Steven Spielberg" recent film "Lincoln." He also lied about where he stood on slavery. He told the American public and political allies that he didn't believe in political equality for slaves because he didn't want to get too far ahead of public opinion, Mott says.

    "He had to be devious with the electorate," Mott says. "He played slave-holders against abolitionists. He had to lie to get people to follow him. Lincoln is a great Machiavellian."

    While I would agree with the author that Abe was a liar, I love how the Abe-o-philes aver, with no evidence whatsoever, that he was lying about his view of slavery.

    Keep up the good work, Tom!

    1. Yeah I was going to they claim he lied when he said those nasty things about blacks? Surrrre he did. PROVE IT. Don't just proclaim it. What a bunch of cowards.

  2. Here is the first quote, with the elided text restored:

    "Free them, and make them politically and socially our equals? My own feelings will not admit of this; and if mine would, we well know that those of the great mass of white people will not. Whether this feeling accords with justice and sound judgement, is not the sole question, if, indeed, it is any part of it. A universal feeling, whether well or ill-founded, cannot be safely disregarded. We cannot, then, make them equals."

    It appears that, like most white men of the time, Lincoln was not free of racism. One difference between Abraham Lincoln and Donald Sterling is that Donald Sterling is not a man of his time, but rather holds racist views that most people have abandoned.

    By the way, Fredrick Douglas writes that at the reception after Lincoln's second inaugural, "I could not have been more than ten feet from him when Mr. Lincoln saw me; his countenance lighted up, and he said in a voice which was heard all around; 'Here comes my friend Douglass.'" That's hardly the mark of a thoroughgoing racist.

    1. A careful reading of the few minutes of released audio (from hundreds of hours) shows no racism. Donald is NOT RACIST, but some powerful figures in the government and media want to paint him that way.

      Do you know the ONLY TIME he was cited by the government for "discrimination" by the government was because he was renting too many units to Koreans in Korea Town. The government said that 30% was the norm! and by renting 90% of his units to Koreans he was guilty of racism.

    2. Dammit. I saw the redundant "by the government" just as I hit post.

      It doesn't matter.

      The man is not a racist. Somebody is out to get him, and history will show that.

      I hate racism. I don't hang out with racists. I find their views absurd and hateful and moronic.

      But I'm a "thin" libertarian who accepts that if someone doesn't want to do business with me because I'm gay, or white, or a citizen of the USA- it isn't within my power to force them.

      Hell, if a business hates white or gay or male people why would I even a WANT to give them my money?!?!?