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  Volume Two                        First  Quarter,                          1999 AD 

ABRAHAM LINCOLN - AN AMERICAN ROBESPIERRE 

BY AL BENSON JR. 


Students of world history will recognize the name of Robespierre, a French socialist revolutionary during the time of the French Revolution.  English historian Nesta Webster commented on Robespierre.  She said that "Robespierre regarded anarchy simply as a means to an end--the reconstruction of society according to the plan he had evolved with the co-operation of Saint Just, which was simply an embryonic form of the system known later as state socialism."  So, history testifies that Robespierre was a socialist, out to transform society into what he thought it should be--for the "good" of mankind, naturally.

He was willing to justify whatever means he used to accomplish his desired ends,
anarchy, terror, or whatever.  He felt that these methods, if they helped to accomplish his goal (state socialism) must be good.



An Updated 1860s Version

Abraham Lincoln, the "great emancipator" of abolitionist myth and
legend, has been compared to Robespierre by some historians and writers.

E.A. Pollard, editor of the RICHMOND EXAMINER during the
War for Southern Independence has written much about how the North prosecuted the war. His 750 page book THE LOST CAUSE is worthwhile reading for serious students of that period of history.

In writing of the prevailing climate in the North during the early days of the war, Pollard noted that: "Much of the apparent unanimity which prevailed in favor of the war was the result of terror.  The people of the North seem to have a peculiar dread of public opinion.  "In writing of the actions of the Yankee government Pollard said: "But very effective measures were taken by the Government in aid of this spontaneous instinct of terror.  They revived the system of espionage and arrests which had been employed in France by Robespierre and Fouche.  At first, it was pretended that the arrested persons held secret correspondence with the Southern authorities; but soon all disguise and hypocrisy were thrown off, and arrests were made on charges, even suspicion, of mere disloyalty."

Pollard noted, quite correctly, that, in the North, there was no need of arbitrary arrests, as the war was far distant and the country was not really invaded --excepting Maryland and Pennsylvania later in the war.  Pollard stated: "Yet a system of terror was established, which could only have been warrantable at the South...Yet in the first weeks of the war, a system of arbitrary and despotic seizure and imprisonment was inaugurated, which continued even after the surrenders of Lee and Johnston.  The number of arbitrary arrests that were made in the whole period of the war is variously estimated at from ten to thirty thousand, the great mass of arrested persons never had a trial, and knew nothing of the charges, if any at all, on which they had been imprisoned."  Some were even informed that if they asked for legal counsel, that would be "distasteful to the Government, and would prejudice their applications for trail and release."  The quest for simple justice is always "distasteful" to tyrants!



The "Secret Police" 

The NEW YORK TRIBUNE reported, on September 6, 1861, that: "Eight hundred names are now entered on the books of the secret police in New York City, of persons suspected of treason, and many arrests will be made."

"Secret Police" in New York City in 1861?  The entire episode sounds suspiciously like a KGB operation  in Moscow!  Truly, there is nothing new under the sun.  That which has been, will be.  It almost seems as if the Lincoln Administration was giving us kind of a sneak preview of what was to come.  Of course, present day "historians" would not quite see it that way.



Even The "P C" Have to Agree

Even modern, politically correct, revisionist "historians" although they agree with and try to whitewash the socialist emancipator, are forced to concede that his administration was quite ruthless.  Those in Lincoln's cabinet were quite willing to go along with his Jacobin mindset.

Mark Neely Jr., in his book THE FATE OF LIBERTY has written of Secretary of
State William A. Seward in the same vein.   When a "political prisoner" from Kentucky was arrested, a friend of his came to Washington to plead for his release.  Neely writes:"...the Secretary of State readily admitted that no charges were on file against the prisoner.  When asked whether he intended to keep citizens imprisoned against whom no charges had been made, Seward apparently answered: 'I don't care a d--n whether they are guilty or innocent.  I saved Maryland by similar arrests, and so I mean to hold Kentucky'."  In other words, to "preserve" the Union you destroy all its 
constitutional guarantees of protection against intrusive government.  It almost
reminds one of a mad doctor trying to kill his patient in order to save his life!

The willingness to kill something to "save" it is quite consistent with the Yankee mindset.  Even the Yankees' own records bear this out.  Neely states that "Just after the Civil War, 'The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1865' stated that the total number of military arrests in the North had been thirty-eight thousand." 
Neely's book even has a small section on torture employed by the North
(pages 109-112).



And What About Today?

You may be tempted to wonder what all this has to do with today.  We have U.S. troops under United Nations command and those few troops that refuse to knuckle under to such an unconstitutional situation are being court-martialed and given dishonorable discharges.  We have runaway big government intrusion into our lives and a 'voluntary" income tax that would have made Lincoln drool in anticipation.  Since we were all born after 1860, none of us has ever had the opportunity to live under the system of government our founders gave us--a constitutional republic, whatever its faults may have been.  We are, however, living under various degrees of state socialism, euphemistically called "democracy."

Let us remember that all of this started not with FR and the New Deal, as so many today have been led to believe.  We are living under a program of state socialism that started with the Lincoln Administration, and that was forced on both North and South during the "late unpleasantness" and afterward during "Reconstruction."

Did Lincoln's administration during the war, and Thaddeus Stevens and his radical, abolitionist Republicans after the war, like Robespierre, labor to reconstruct American society to conform to some branch of socialism?  You get three guesses -- and the first two don't count!


Bibliography

WORLD REVOLUTION  by Nesta H. Wester 
Constable and Company Ltd, London, 1921

THE LOST CAUSE by EA.. Pollard 
Gramercy Books, New York, Avenal, New Jersey, 1994

THE FATE OF LIBERTY by Mark E. Neely Jr. 
Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford, 1991

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