Andrew Napolitano’s Attempted Rewrite Of Abraham Lincoln Proves He Is No Lawrence O’Donnell

Ex-Judge, ex-Fox Andrew Napolitano recently made statements about Abraham Lincoln. Have no idea how Andy became a judge or how well he did in law school but the guy apparently either knows nothing about American history or is intentionally misrepresenting it to smear Obama with a smeared Lincoln somehow.
Fox either wants Obama to be a dictator or they accuse him of being a dictator. Well, do you know who the great American dictator was? President Abraham Lincoln. Southern states had already seceded from the Union before he took office and more followed during his first year, the same time the Civil War broke out.
Lincoln and his Secretary of State, the great William Seward, both agreed that the President had inherent powers given to him but not delineated by the Constitution, so he made them up as he went along. He suspended habeas corpus, he shut down Democrat and anti-Union newspapers and held their editors, along with spies and other Confederacy loyalists, in prison for extended periods of time. His Emancipation Proclamation only freed slaves in carefully defined areas–none of them in any Union state (especially the border states) and none in districts in Virginia and Louisiana which were under Union control. He made more people–white and black alike–angry over his proclamation than he pleased.
His Treasury Secretary, Salmon P. Chase, initiated legislation passed by Congress and signed into law in 1862 that established the federal income tax and the IRS to collect it. The law was revised in 1864 which increased the income tax rates. In 1863, Congress with Lincoln’s insistence passed The Conscription Act which was the first forced conscription (draft) law in US History of all able-bodied men into the Union Army–excepting those who could afford to buy their way out of the draft for $300 so that a literally poor man would take his place. Yep, Lincoln exempted the rich (after they paid) and took the poor, just like the draft was carried out during the Vietnam War.
So, the things both Dubya and Obama have been rightfully criticized for were based on precedents set by Abraham Lincoln. If the NSA had been around then, you can bet Lincoln would have had it snooping and storing all communications as it does today.
Why was Lincoln such a “ruthless” dictator? Because he was the first president in US history to have the job of keeping the Union together because he believed that the Constitution didn’t allow states to secede and if they did, the United States would cease to exist. His ONLY goal was to win the Civil War because it was the only way to keep the Union together. Losing was not an option. And he also had to contend with both Great Britain and France attempting to make side deals and trades with the Confederate states. The fact that we still exist as one country, more or less, is a testimony to the greatest president of all time who decided to bend the Constitution in places so it wouldn’t break altogether.
Oh, Lincoln also devised a plan to ship every black person in America off to Central America or to Africa to give them their own country since, at that time, he was convinced that Negroes were humanly inferior to whites, and that the continued presence of freed and captive slaves would only serve to continue to rile up white folks after the North won the Civil War. More moderate and sensible heads like Seward, Chase, and members of Congress as well as Frederick Douglass talked him to his senses. At the end of his live, Lincoln admitted that he had been wrong, that his views of Negroes inferiority were based on his upbringing and the fact that he had never personally met any until after he became President. John F. Kennedy made that same transition to fully supporting black civil rights 100 years later. The blacks who emigrated to what was named Liberia did so voluntarily.
Napolitano is a moron for trying to frame Lincoln as weak on his leadership during the Civil War and that the slaves were bound to be freed anyway. Damn, but ignorant or lying idiots like him make me angry.


The USPS Can Deliver Us From Evil—Anti-Union Companies, That Is

We union-supporting liberals are faced with a major problem.  We loves us our online shopping and front door deliveries but, unfortunately, the Godzilla of online shopping——like unions not one bit and hates union organizers even more.  Employee union activists are somehow fired for not performing up to job expectations.  Amazon loves it its young warehouse order processing and fulfillment workers but that love starts to get lost as those workers age past 50 if they’re employed long enough.  Time and warehouse supervisors wait for no age and so as workers age and their bodies naturally lose muscle tone, flexibility, and agility, they start to slow down on the job.  This slowdown is duly noted by supervisors and the aging fleet of warehouse workers as write ups placed in their files.  After the third write-up or so, this fleet of aging warehouse workers is forcibly retired, one by one.  I have no information on this but I would imagine but claim those workers were fired for cause so it can fight their unemployment benefits awards. But again, I have no info on this.

Besides Amazon, of the three major ground delivery services, FedEx and UPS will not have a union in either of their houses. UPS just fired 251 employees—the first one for being  both a driver and a union activist and 250 other drivers for walking off their jobs to stand in solidarity with him.  I just signed a Working Families petition here to protest those firings and to demand that UPS give those 251 drivers their jobs back.  Which is the remaining ground delivery service where unions are strongly entrenched? The United States Postal Service and THAT, my friends, is the reason the Republicans put out a hit on it with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. The only way to have that act repealed is to flush enough Republicans from Congress and elect enough Democrats to control both chambers freed from the stall and filibuster tactics of the Republicans so the repeal bill can be signed into law by a Democratic President.  Sounds easy enough, right?

Now, I am aware that not all in the USPS administration and its supervisory staff are union-friendly.  But with that repeal of the union-busting law and the USPS’ ability to return to profitability, the USPS can once again start to grow its delivery business without having to close post offices and lay off workers, and the union will become a stronger bargaining unit.  Plus, we can start demanding of and all online retailers that we prefer to have our goods delivered by the Post Office so they better start putting those delivery contracts in place. Pie in the sky? Well, the most beautiful sky is Blue which makes for some tasty pie.

Rand Paul: Tea Party Head Mad Hatter

Rassmussen Reports just released one of its famously pro-Republican polls

showing a virtual tie in the Colorado U.S. Senate Race between Democratic incumbent Mark Udall and Republican challenger Corey Gardner and, coincidentally (?), NPR News runs a  tory primarily to make Republican challenger Corey Gardner a national name in pursuit of the NPR News campaign to convince the American voter that this is the year of the Republicans.

After all, NPR trashes Obamacare at least weekly, and now almost daily (and several times daily) mentioning Rand Paul’s name and frequently accompanying it with a sound bite. There are 45 Republicans in the U.S. Senate but from NPR News you’d think that Paul is the only saying or thinking anything important because he’s about the only one in heavy radio rotation.  So Ted Cruz is now SO last year’s chopped liver for wrapping himself around and making himself the voice and voice of the GOP/Tea Party’s federal government shutdown. And Marco Rubio? He’s got the charisma of any fresh-faced little boy who looks like he’s wearing his father’s U.S. Senator’s clothes.

It’s been decided somewhere that Rand Paul needs to be pushed into the psyche of the American public and as frequently as possible. For what purpose, I don’t know—yet.  He’s not up for reelection until 2016 and two years from how he’s got as much chance of getting the Republican nomination for president as he has getting elected president this year.  To show how little chance the guy has to send out bids on a new design for the Oval Office rug, his GOP buddies in the Kentucky state senate are pushing a bill that would allow him to be on the 2016 state ballot as candidate for both president and reelection to the US Senate (much like Wisconsin state law enabled Paul Ryan to lose his VP bid and still keep his day job in Congress in 2012).  The state House of Representatives doesn’t like that idea so much and will most likely shoot it down if it passes the state senate.

It’s perfectly plausible that Paul has been positioned to be the once and future Head Mad Hatter of the Tea Party at a time when the Karl Roves of the GOP are attempting to separate and isolate it from the mainstream party because frankly, my dear, most Republican voters don’t give a damn about the Tea Party (except when it shuts down the federal government and then the word “damn” is heard a lot preceding the words “tea party”) except in the smallest and poorest Southern states with the highest numbers of uneducated people in America.  Rove once had pull in the GOP until his meal ticket ran out of presidential terms and he had to settle for a new career as PAC Man.  The meal ticket’s brother, Jeb, is undoubtedly planned by Rove to be his entrée to eight more years of White House entrées in 2016.

So, with Jeb in the top ticket slot, who would be the chosen one to slide into the number two spot? Hmmm, the name is on the tip of my psyche…Rand Paul.  It now all makes sense.  In front of closed doors guys like Rove decry how the Tea Party is destroying the GOP.  But behind closed doors perhaps Paul’s name was bandied about as a sure way to bring the Tea Party—and its voter base—back  into the fold and under control of the mainstream Republican Party.  The GOPowers-that-be may be willing to risk a Rand Paul presidency if it gets them a Jeb Bush presidency first.

So in the pursuit of that end, the orders went out to the subsidiary media outlets like Fox, CNN and NPR to put Rand Paul in heavy rotation and to keep his erstwhile rivals out of the limelight.  Too many choices make tea partiers nervous.  They like to keep things simple, you know.