What the hell?
Today’s New York Times features a column by Paul Krugman detailing how Abraham Lincoln is now becoming a despised figure by the modern day Republican Party. That’s right, current Republicans are disowning “Honest Abe” also known as “The Great Emancipator.”
Sure, the 16th president held the Union together during the Civil War and freed the slaves and is enshrined on Mount Rushmore. He’s also on the penny and the five dollar bill. Just last year, Lincoln was “American” enough for Glenn Beck to give a speech from his memorial, but so what? Tea party activists are more concerned that Lincoln:
* Was the first president to implement an income tax and
* Introduce paper money in the form of “greenbacks” into the the American economy
Lincoln was voted America’s Greatest President in a poll of historians, but that’s SO 2010.
CRAZY modern day Tea Party politicians have driven the Republican Party so far to the right that when the House of Representatives held hearings this week on U.S. monetary policy, there were only three “experts” called to testify before Congress. One of those “experts”was author Thomas DiLorenzo.
As Krugman points out, DiLorenzo has no economic background whatsoever. He is, however, probably the most anti-Lincoln writer in American history. DiLorenzo wrote “Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe” which Publishers Weekly reviewed as a “laughable screed,”and “The Real Lincoln” a book promoted by its own publisher as “guaranteed to infuriate.” DiLorenzo is also a rabid secessionist. He is on record as describing secession from the United States of America as a legitimate method for states to deal with the health care debate. And now, much to the consternation of Krugman, DiLorenzo is one of three people in the entire world who has been called on to testify before Congress on how we should run our economy and why the United States should go back to the gold standard.
Why? Because DiLorenzo once described the Fed as “legalized counterfeiting.” That’s a popular point of view with Tea Party assclowns. The Fed was created by Alexander Hamilton. He did so to wipe out the federal debt and pay off the Colonies Revolutionary War debt. Hamilton was a Founding Father, co-authored the Federalist Papers, signed the Declaration of Independence and is on the ten dollar bill but what did HE know about The Constitution and economics compared to Thomas DiLorenzo?
THOMAS DILORENZO’S BOOK ON LINCOLN WAS DESCRIBED AS A “LAUGHABLE SCREED” BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY