Thursday, February 26, 2009

Paul Gottfried on those rankings of U.S. presidents: National Bankruptcy. He has an oppinion about Lincoln as a rhetorician different from Fleming, Wilson, and Bradford:

This, mind you, is not an attempt to run down Lincoln. As a public speaker rather than as someone who steered this country into the bloodbath of the Civil War, out of what might have been a miscalculation about the costs of suppressing the Southern secession, Lincoln is a figure of Shakespearean proportions. I admire Lincoln as a speaker and as a tragic historic figure, but I doubt my affinity for to him is related to his present glorification.

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