I believe we
can confidently presume most who rail "Such a bizarre and outlandish
statement proves what dangerous wackos Suprynowicz and his conservative
pals are!" (I'm a libertarian; I've never claimed to be a "conservative")
are government-school ex-inmates.
I dare say
they have read no legitimate scholarship on "Honest Abe"
since hearing him praised decades ago in a room smelling of poster
paints and waxed sawdust floor-sweeping compound as a "strong
leader who saved the nation and ended slavery" by a government
employee with a vested interest in seeing the state continue to
tax our parents (and now us) within an inch of our lives to fund
today's largest remaining American institution of compulsion, incarceration,
and propaganda – the "public schools."
(No, old Abe
didn't ride into town on a donkey, playing a Jew's harp, and spring
the innocent defendant by proving Ward Bond lied when he said it
was "moon bright" the night of the killing. That was Hank
Fonda, courtesy of the old Irish mythmaker, John Ford. Lincoln was
a railroad lawyer, who had an interesting pre-war business relationship
with one George B. McClellan, among others.)