View as a PDF CHICAGO—President Barack Obama’s proposed increase in the federal cigarette tax from $1.05 to $1.95 on each pack of cigarettes will severely impact low and moderate income smokers and is a payoff to teacher unions, according to Jim Tobin, President of the Taxpayer Education Foundation headquartered in Chicago. “Pres. Obama (D) already has [...]
View as PDF By Dennis Constant December 2013 is the 100th birthday of the Federal Reserve System (Fed). The Federal Reserve Act was conceived and described in a preliminary version in November 1910, at a secret meeting in the private resort of J. P. Morgan on Jekyll Island, off the coast of Georgia. Republican Senator [...]
View as PDF Up until Lincoln’s war, the states assumed they had the right to leave the Union, and, in fact, they did have that right. Neither the 1777 Articles of Confederation nor the 1789 U.S. Constitution prohibited secession. Slavery was not the reason for the War Between the States. Lincoln had other motives when he [...]
April 12, 2011, marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the War Between the States. Prior to the fall of Fort Sumter, few Americans North or South wanted war. On February 18, 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis called for peace: “There can be but little rivalry between ours and any manufacturing or navigating community, [...]
April 12, 2011, marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the War Between the States. It was a war Abraham Lincoln pursued not to free slaves but to enslave free men. Lincoln’s overriding concern was to keep the Southern states as taxpaying provinces of the federal government. Until the War Between the States, the [...]
There are many different estimates as to the number of casualties in Lincoln’s War Between the States. If one also counts civilian dead, total casualties are probably well over 660,000. Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary series stated casualties were two percent of the population. Today, that would work out to be between five and six [...]
It’s not surprising that our recent Anti-Abe commentary has been met with some resistance here in the “Land of Lincoln.” One of the more comical exchanges involves our Research Director, Dennis Constant, and Ken Lowe of the Herald-Review. A post to his blog, “Roll Call,” read as follows: “Today’s baffling fax comes courtesy of Dennis [...]
By Dennis Constant As described in Part 1 of this series, the Chicago Tribune was one of Abraham Lincoln’s biggest champions during his bid for the presidency. Almost 150 years later, a May 16 Tribune editorial outlined the many ways in which Lincoln’s men orchestrated his nomination through deception and coercion.
By Dennis Constant Step aside, Louisiana, and bow to the real experts on political hijinks: the boys from Illinois. Today, May 18, is the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s nomination for president. An entertaining and surprisingly forthright May 16 Chicago Tribune editorial described how the Trib “spared no newsprint or superlative in promoting Lincoln for [...]
Around Lincoln’s birthday each year, children are taught that Lincoln was the “Great Emancipator,” that he “saved the Union,” and was one of our greatest Presidents. This year, let’s re-examine what we think we know about our 16th President.
Bill Ford and Mike Flores will debate “Did Abraham Lincoln Do More Harm or Good to the United States of America?” at the College of Complexes on February 13, 2010.
Fourth in a series of articles examining the Lincoln myth vs. reality LINCOLN DESTROYED FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF SECESSION IN 1860s Until the tragic and brutal War of Southern Independence in the 1860s, secession was assumed to be a natural right. Secessionists founded the U.S., and the Declaration of Independence justified the secession of the separate [...]
Third in a series of articles examining the Lincoln myth vs. reality By Jerry Kohn In announcing the criminal charges against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald commented, “The conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave.” Like many Americans, Fitzgerald was likely taught in school that Lincoln was a paragon of [...]
Second in a series of articles examining the Lincoln myth vs. reality By Jerry Kohn LINCOLN AS TYRANT Lincoln has become an iconic figure in American politics. In government-run (“public”) schools, where criticizing or questioning Lincoln or his legacy is virtually unthinkable, Lincoln is lionized for saving the union and as a champion for racial [...]
First in a series of articles examining the Lincoln myth vs. reality
By Jerry Kohn
LINCOLN’S LEGACY: “LAND OF LINCOLN”
Next week, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. But should we be celebrating? Lincoln has become an iconic figure in American politics. Politicians on both sides of the aisle sing his praises. In government-run (“public”) schools, Lincoln is lionized for saving the union and as a champion for racial justice and equality. Criticizing or questioning Lincoln or his legacy is virtually unthinkable. Nevertheless, it is vital to the future of liberty that we reassess both the man and his legacy.