27 July 2016

Why Progressives Love Abraham Lincoln & Why Conservatives Don't Undertsand Him



"Rejection of agrarian life and family led to the rejection of other social pillars that upheld the agrarian order of southern Indiana and Illinois. Sidney Blumenthal, a former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and a current adviser to Hillary Clinton, finds in Lincoln the sort of self-made spirit that made the United States great. Mr. Blumenthal’s comprehensive and well-written account nonetheless exposes the central weakness of Abraham Lincoln’s statesmanship: his wholesale rejection of cultural, religious, and social traditions. In order to make himself truly the great statesman posterity would recognize, Lincoln needed to throw off family and religion. Blumenthal praises Lincoln’s rejection of organized religion, especially his decision to reject “intolerant versions” of religion, such as orthodox Calvinism, which presented obstacles to the hyper-rationalism he made sovereign in his life. Blumenthal speaks in adulation of Lincoln’s heretical religiosity. Lincoln rejected Christ’s divinity, the Virgin Birth, Original Sin, and the Atonement. Blumenthal, a convinced secular statist, recognizes in Lincoln one of the first politicians to break the sway of orthodox Christianity in American political life." ~ Historian Miles Smith

2 comments:

Al&Bea said...

Hi - I am amazed that you would even reference anything to do with Sidney Blumenthal. He was not just "a former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and a current adviser to Hillary Clinton" He was involved with Hillary's email disaster and, while "advising" Hillary, he was being paid by the Clinton Foundation and was cutting deals that he used his influence to convince Hillary. He was involved with some shady characters and seems generally to be a sleazy character.
There must be other, more legitimate historians that you could reference.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Al and Bea: Even a blind hog . . .