Time’s Rx: More Politics, More Politicians, More Lincoln Worship
“Lincoln as political strategist is front and center in Steven Spielberg’s new film. He trades votes, dangles patronage, hedges principles and tiptoes on the brink of deceit. He pleads, cajoles and threatens.” ~ David Von Drehle, “Lincoln to the Rescue: What the Master Politician of 1862 Can Teach the Presidential Hopefuls of 2012” (Time magazine, Nov. 5, 2012)
“Lincoln was a master politician, which means that he was a consummate conniver, manipulator, and liar.” ~ Murray N. Rothbard, “Two Just Wars: 1776 and 1861“
Steven Spielberg must have grown a Pinocchio-sized nose when he announced recently that his forthcoming movie about Lincoln, based on the book Team of Rivals by the confessed plagiarist Doris Kearns-Goodwin, was not a political movie since it will be released after the election (See my LewRockwell.com review of Goodwin’s book entitled “A Plagiarist’s Contribution to Lincoln Idolatry“). Time magazine let the cat out of Spielberg’s bag in its November 5 issue, which is a glowing tribute to politics, politicians, big government, and most of all, to the legend of Abraham Lincoln.
A picture of actor Daniel Day-Lewis portraying Lincoln is on the cover with the headline, “What Would Lincoln Do?” The issue includes a long-winded essay by Lincoln historian/cultist David Von Dehle; a “viewers guide” by the dishonest Doris Kearns Goodwin; and a story of “How Daniel Day-Lewis Became Lincoln.”
The purpose of the Lincoln legend has always been to assert that our “salvation” lies in politics, not in God. Lincoln is our secular “god,” and our rulers will never let us forget it. That is why the U.S. government has spent millions over the past several years on the publication of dozens of books, conferences, movies, documentaries, plays, etc. to commemorate Abe’s 200th birthday (That was 2009 and the “celebration” is still going strong). That is the purpose of the upcoming Spielberg movie and its celebration in Time and elsewhere.