Civil War Manipulation
At the pro-Empire site Civil War Memory, Kevin Levin and his Lincoln-Lovin' Legion have tired of "raging" at noted author and vexillologist Ed Sebesta, and have returned to their regularly scheduled program of mocking the South.
In a typical post, Levin makes some catty remark about the South, and the Legionnaires hoot, snicker, and pile on with their own snitty comments. Anyone who doesn't embrace the approved history of the Empire's wars of liberation is met with jeers, and the Lincoln Lovers congratulate each other for their superior intelligence and orthodoxy.
Sound like fun? Well, in a post entitled Deep Thoughts With the Kennedy Brothers, Levin offers this quote from Lincoln's Marxists by Al Benson, Jr., and Walter Donald Kennedy (though Levin sloppily attributes it to Kennedy and his brother James Ronald, whom he dismisses as the "dynamic duo"):
“Adolf Hitler admired Lincoln’s attack upon state’s rights and emulated Lincoln by destroying the last vestiges of “statal rights” in the German Federal Republic. Lincoln, Marx, Engles, and Hitler–what a band of brothers!”
Regular commenter Andy Hall added this:
In reference to the quote about Hitler’s supposed admiration for Lincoln, Donnie Kennedy cites the work’s author as “Kennedy” which is kind of a douchey thing to do to the work’s first author, Al Benson, Jr.
I don’t know what Benson and Walter Kennedy cite as evidence of Hitler’s deliberate emulation of Lincoln, but Hitler himself explicitly expected to develop kinship with the states of the old Confederacy on attitudes of race. From Mein Kampf, pp 401-02, in the footnotes:
"In practice the word ['Aryan'] is officially used today as a racial term excluding Jews and negroes [sic.]. The second are frowned upon because (i.a.) they are admitted into the French army; and because, it is hoped, sympathy for the Nazi cause may be thus awakened among Southerners in the United States."
I’m guessing that quote doesn’t appear in any of the Kennedys’ books.
To which I replied:
Hitler may have hoped for support from the South, but then he also hoped that Britain would join him against the Soviets. Does that impugn the people of Britain, or what they fought for?
As far as actual philosophy and policy, Lincoln's regime comes much closer to mirroring Hitler. Not only is there the genocide of American Indians, but opposition to States' Rights. From page 831 of Mein Kampf:
"The states that make up the American Union are mostly in the nature of territories, more or less, formed for technical administrative purposes, their boundaries having in many cases been fixed in the mapping office. Originally these states did not and could not possess sovereign rights of their own. Because it was the Union that created most of the so-called states."
Sounds rather Lincolnian, doesn't it?
Of course, there's only one way for a defender of the Empire to respond to such a heretical comment: Delete it. Which is exactly what Kevin Levin did.
So much for reasoned and impartial discourse in pursuit of the truth.