Saturday, February 12, 2005

Honoring Abraham

There was a time in this country when we honored our two greatest presidents in the month of February. Now, we barely recognize them in our history books. After all, they're just a couple of dead white guys. What have they done recently?

Well, the Impudent Finger will not take this lying down. Since today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday, I will point you do an article by Dinesh D'Souza in American History magazine. The article titled Abraham Lincoln as Statesman. President Lincoln has been under attack by detractors on both sides of the political spectrum.

D'Souza writes:
If the right-wingers disdain Lincoln for being too aggressively antislavery, the left-wingers scorn him for not being antislavery enough. Both groups, however, agree that Lincoln was a self-promoting hypocrite who said one thing while doing another.
Both sides suffer from idealistic absolutism. Lincoln didn't immediately seek a ban on all slavery, therefore he is anathema to the left. The right attacks Lincoln for, among other things, suspending habeas corpus. D'Souza shows why the "...the Lilliputian arrows hurled at him bounce harmlessly to the ground."