Exposing Lincoln As A Tyrant Is Not Tantamount To Supporting The ConfederacySubmitted by Jao171 on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:06
Rand Paul has been in the headlines again this with week. He has been criticized on cable news shows for allowing an individual with unconventional views regarding Abraham Lincoln and secession into his inner circle. One of Senator Paul’s alleged foreign policy advisors and the man who co-authored his book, The Tea Party Goes To Washington, has been “exposed” as holding pro-Confederacy beliefs in the past.
The controversial comments stem from Rand Paul advisor, Jack Hunter, and his prior career as the radio personality the “Southern Avenger.” The Free Beacon broke the story with an article titled Rebel Yell. The article details a wide array of “radical” views held by Hunter in his youth, but his comments about Abraham Lincoln and his favorable view of secession have produced the most significant waves in the political establishment.
When someone criticizes the “Great Emancipator” neoconservative and progressives alike run to the defense of the sixteenth president. Bashing of one of America’s favorite presidents is typically met head on by the Lincoln guardians. These loyal Lincoln supporters make sure the discussions do not veer off the 3×5 note card that historians have drafted by picking and choosing only the appealing aspects of Lincoln’s life. Even meandering to the edges of the approved dialogue is too controversial for the opinion molders who try to control the national conversation on the right, left, and in the center. Any deviation from the standard Lincoln transcript of praise and worship is met with an offensive assault on the integrity and character of the individual who would dare to question the iconic Lincoln.
Neoconservative writer and Lincoln guardian Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post has been actively berating Paul on twitter since the Hunter story broke. She had the following challenge and questions for Senator Paul to answer in an article published July 9th.
Paul’s office needs to explain how this person got there, whether his views are acceptable to the senator, and what it intends to do about him. But the real question may be what Hunter sees in Paul. If he spots a kindred spirit thinly disguised by careful scripting, voters should pay heed.
In the meantime, it is worth noting that a person with such views and background would not be considered seriously by any other Senate or House office. So why did Paul hire him?
Rubin claims it to be outrageous that anyone with criticisms of Lincoln even be allowed to converse with a senator or congressman. Oh the humanity! Imagine the horror of politicians in Washington being exposed to the truth and examining the atrocities committed by the Confederacy AND by Lincoln’s Union. That would just be too much for our incorruptible politicians to handle!