All Lincoln movies are government propaganda films designed to prop up and glorify the welfare/warfare state by associating the current regime, Democrat or Republican, with the sacrilegiously deified Dishonest Abe. They are always filled with a blizzard of lies and half-truths, as is most “Lincoln scholarship” in general. The Daily Bell comments on the latest statist propaganda film by Steven Spielberg.
A few days ago, Dr DiLorenzo wrote a more lengthy piece for LRC about Ken Burn’s The Civil War, which included the following analysis:
Burns really lets the cat out of the bag… where he quotes a U.S. Army Major named Sullivan Ballou, who wrote his wife during the “Civil War” about why he thought the war was being fought. It was not to free the slaves but to defend the Lincoln regime in Washington, D.C. “American civilization now leans on the triumph of the government,” he wrote, and “I am willing . .. to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this government . . .” What a job the military propagandists of his day must have done on the hapless Major Ballou (assuming that the letter is authentic).
How odd that anyone would equate the killing of some 850,000 Americans (the latest estimate of “Civil War” deaths), the bombing, burning, and destruction of entire cities, the mass killing of tens of thousands of civilians, the rape, pillage and plunder of thousands more, the suspension of Habeas Corpus and imprisonment of tens of thousands of Northern civilians, the shutting down of hundreds of opposition newspapers in the North, military conscription, the daily execution of deserters (by the Lincoln regime), and the rigging of Northern elections as “civilization.” And how odd that anyone would think that the secession of a state (or states), under the correct belief that the union of the founding fathers was a voluntary union, would somehow “destroy” the government in Washington. In fact, the government in Washington grew exponentially after the Southern states seceded, fielding the largest and best-equipped army in world history up to that point.
The obvious purpose of Burns’s The Civil War, as with Lincoln mythology in general, is to spread propaganda that props up state power.
Also see: DiLorenzo on Spielberg’s Lincoln movie