The Side That Wins the Battle Writes the History

As Hitler's power grew in 1933, the first Jews to lose their jobs were teachers and writers. Not surprising. The hands that hold the pencils rule the world.

And those same hands, on the winning side of a war, write--or should I say, rewrite--history for their descendants.

I find it interesting that the incoming political team is turning to Abraham Lincoln to set the stage for the Obama presidency.

The LA Times writes, "Before boarding the train for his "whistle-stop'' journey to the capital, Obama delivered a brief but inspirational address that evoked not only the fathers of American independence, but also the emancipator of slaves and protector of the American union whose model he will invoke all day and into his inaugural celebration, Abraham Lincoln...

With an official theme for the festivities taken from the Gettysburg Address, Obama will appear at the martyred president's memorial for a televised concert on Sunday and take the oath of office on Tuesday on a Bible used by Lincoln – and even attend an official inaugural luncheon featuring favorite Lincoln foods."

If the Times writer--if Obama's political team!--had been raised on textbooks written by Southern, rather than Northern writers, they might view Lincoln in a different light. They might not be so eager to bring up our 16th president, who was sometimes found saying things you never read in grade school:

"I will say, then, that I am not nor have ever been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the black and white races---that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with White people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the White and black races which will ever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together, there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the White race."

—4th Lincoln-Douglas debate, September 18th, 1858; Collected Works Vol. 3, pp. 145-146

In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote: “It is within the power of writers and artists to do much more: to defeat the lie!”

Ah, but it is also within their power to create the lie.

"Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15, 16


Marie DeVries said...

Wow. I knew textbooks were biased, but didn't realize how much... we were never told anything about Lincoln like that... I guess its always good to get both sides of a story...

cuileann said...

That Lincoln quote is kind of...astounding.