This is a follow up to a previous post in which I point out a very teachable moment. Mr. Levin also had a follow up post over the same issue. Kevin noted that he, too,--like the artist--found himself "falling deeply in love with the man." [Lincoln]. I'll leave that alone, but I think the comment illustrates my point. Nothing wrong with admiring Lincoln for whatever qualities one may find in his character--that's not my point. We all need heroes and examples of greatness. The point is, similar sentiments (though I've never expressed "love" in this context) about Lee & Jackson are often mocked and giggled at on Kevin's blog (and other places as well), as the original posts and comments point out.
(The original title of my first post was "An Objective & Balanced View?")
Also, in Kevin's follow up post, someone made the following comment:
"I think the 'vehement anger' expressed toward Lincoln comes mostly from the Southern Heritage crowd that wears blinders toward the shortcomings of Confederacy. To continue to celebrate the Southern cause in light of its military, economic, social and moral failures is much simpler if Lincoln, Grant, etc. are villains. What I find compelling about Lincoln is that he was a man with human limitations who served as president during an extraordinary time and at times he rose to the occasion."
Now, let's change a few words:
"I think the 'vehement anger' expressed toward men like Lee and Jackson comes mostly from the 'I love Lincoln' crowd that wears blinders toward the shortcomings of Lincoln's policies. To continue to celebrate the Northern cause in light of its military, economic, social and moral failures is much simpler if Lee, Jackson, etc. are villains. What I find compelling about these Southern icons is that they were men with human limitations who served their country during an extraordinary time and at times he rose to the occasion."
Just a different perspective. There's room for both and the truth is likely found somewhere in the middle. All most folks expect is a little consistency.
(If you've not already done so, be sure and read through all the linked posts and the string of comments. You will see exactly what I'm talking about.)