Juxtaposing the actions between this American tyrant and his late 20th century Russian counterparts it is manifestly clear that where the Russians were reasonable and decided not to force a blood bath to sustain the Soviet system of centralized power Lincoln stopped at nothing to establish one.
Now, twenty years after the fall of the Soviet union and a half century of centralized, socialist rule in Cuba, Fidel Castro has made big news. Half a million government workers have been sent home, with perhaps thousands more to follow. And, here's the kicker, Castro has come out and admitted that the communist system in Cuba has failed and is failing. If the Cubans are to survive economically they will, like the Chinese, have to alter their system and turn to the free markets. It seems Castro is quite willing to do this---and not a drop of blood shed to date in the process.
Sad to say, we cannot hope for such compassion and reasonableness from our leaders that are so enamored and fascinated by socialist ideologies.
Our centralized command and control, big government advocates presently in reigning in the halls of American power will never be so benevolent as the reasonable Soviets or even the sociopathic Fidel. They will also never be as reasonable in the face of the failure of their policies and programs. They will keep saying it's not working because the effort is too niggardly. They will be like the mad knight in Monty Python's Holy Grail---shouting, even as the economy is systematically dismembered, that all that is needed is more spending, more control, more regulations, more taxes, more intrusion into the lives of citizens--the moment that point of Critical Mass achieved all will behold the gleaming Utopia that will magically appear.
This is just the kind of message Chinese workers get with their monthly required dose of indoctrination served up by Government apparatchiks. They return home and the filth of such nonsense washes off with their next shower, and the next day they proceed to do what God made the human person to do: act in his own perceived best interest.
So, we have before us two classes of leaders.
The first class is made up of those brought up in societies that were struggling. In search of a solution they latched on to a set of ideals that sounded good, but which repeated experience showed, in some critical way, to be intrinsically defective and, therefore, unworkable in actual practice. According to the results they changed their minds and turned to ideals found to produce the sought after prosperity in other lands.
The second class of leaders are those born in the prosperity of those "other lands," but were never taught to understand what caused that prosperity. What's more, they were taught by their parasitic professoriate to have contempt for those ideals and to embrace such vague notions like "social justice," the "public good," "the greatest good to the greatest number," "from those according to their ability to those according to their need,""centralized command and control," ad nauseam.
This class of leaders uncritically accepted these propositions similar in character to those Lincoln articulated in the Gettysburg Address to justify the seizing of power and the avarice of Yankee bankers and industrialists: propositions that beg the question at every turn. In other words, propositions that assume that certain ideas, concepts and understandings of history are settled and commonly embraced certitudes when the truth is they have never even been honestly debated––and some, like Lincoln's claim that the Federal government created the states, are downright absurd.
But the propagandized and truly brainwashed, like Lincoln, are seldom interested in truth, historical or otherwise, and the extent to which they dabble in reason is only to rationalize their position. In the place of debating their opponents they simply slander them, attacking their character and motives.
This second class of leader is what we presently endure in Amerika--and they are so blindly convinced of the ideals they have embraced that they refuse to consider any other possible alternatives. Before they would see the truth they would stand reality on its head, and declare that man exists as fodder for the creating of their glorious, collectivist Utopia and not the reverse.
Because these Marxist abstractions are seen as the very principles of humanity's corporate salvation no human sacrifice is seen as too great to ask––no, to demand! The exalting and establishing Government of, for and by the Government must be achieved at any and all cost, even if it means the wholesale slavery of the entire populace ...even if it requires a massive shedding of blood in an attempt to succeed.
Lincoln, the convert of Clay, Hamilton, Story and Marshall to all powerful centralized government, unhesitatingly ignited a blood bath in the defense of his "tariff" and his "proposition nation" held together by the force of government brutality. Our present batch of leaders, taking Lincoln as their model, will not hesitate for a New York minute in following suit.
Just because their usual M.O. is the soft tyranny of bribery and extortion, Americans must not labor under the illusion of having a benevolent class of leaders. They, the last who came to embrace a repeatedly discredited ideal, will be the most fanatical and tenacious in a final attempt at making that failed idea succeed. What they are doing is the classical definition of insanity. And being insane, they will stop at nothing.