Spielberg’s Lincoln Isn’t Pro-Obama

Spielberg’s Lincoln Isn’t Pro-Obama

As most people, I went and saw Lincoln.:  I’m no fan of biopics, but this one was rather good. In fact, it was excellent.:  Daniel Day-Lewis will probably win another Academy Award for Best Actor, and it was not a pro-Obama film.:  Many conservatives feared that the movie would be allegorical about the 44th president.:  Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner, and Doris Kearns Goodwin are liberal, but the film focused on how the 16th president delicately maneuvered to have slavery abolished in this country.:  There is nothing liberal, or conservative, about this point in history.:  I hope both sides would agree that slavery is unjust.

When Lincoln is told that the 13th Amendment was two votes shy of the 2/3 majority needed, he reminded the congressman, and some members of his cabinet, that those votes must be ascertained.:  When questioned how to do that Lincoln said, “I am the President of the United States, clothed with immense power, and I expect you to procure those votes.”:  Some of my conservative friends say that it’s a pro-Obama scene. I disagree.

Lincoln was a war president — and war presidents wield extraordinary power.:  This isn’t controversial. It’s fact.:  Furthermore, this film was in production for over ten years.:  Spielberg bought the rights to Goodwin’s book in 2001, which is long before Barack Obama was on the national stage.

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What should be noted is that the film shows how Lincoln was uncompromising on his position about slavery and its abolition.:  He employed political operatives who used unscrupulous methods to secure votes for the amendment’s passage in the House.:  Furthermore, it showed the political genius of Lincoln.:  He carefully maneuvered through the dynamics of the 13th Amendment and the planning of the Hampton Roads Conference — which was a failed attempt to end the war in February of 1865.:  The Confederate delegation insisted on their independence, and no deal was made.

However, Lincoln knew that if such news would break, the amendment would be finished.:  Why pass such a poisonous amendment that everyone knew would be a deal breaker with the Confederacy?:  Nevertheless, Lincoln’s considerable political acumen prevented disaster, and slavery was outlawed.

As I mentioned before, the film shows how compromise isn’t always the best option.:  Furthermore, in politics, you’re going to have to get down into the gutter to get things done.:  Barack Obama is always talking about compromise, or gives off the veneer that he’s willing to do so, but fails miserably at achieving his goals. He’s a loser.:  Whereas, Lincoln saved the country, won the Civil War, and abolished slavery.:  If liberal Hollywood wanted to make this film as a comparison to Obama, then they should have picked someone else.

Second, Obama would’ve hated the tactics Lincoln used to pass the amendment.:  Third, Goodwin’s book was called Team of Rivals.:  Lincoln had one of his political rivals in his cabinet, Edwin Stanton, to serve as Secretary of War, which was, and remains to be, a very powerful position since its reincarnation as Defense Secretary.

Do you think Obama would appoint a Republican to an equally powerful position under similar circumstances?:  Lastly, Lincoln, as I’ve said before, accomplished his legislative goal.:  The keyword is accomplished.

In the end, Lincoln is our greatest president.:  Not only because he abolished slavery — but he also began the process that developed into the national identity we hold today.:  After 1865, Americans began viewing themselves as Americans.:  Prior to 1865, an intense regionalism was ingrained into our socioeconomic fabric where states were viewed as separate countries.:  As such, without the evolution of such a uniting force, Americans wouldn’t have come together as strongly as we did during the Spanish-American War, World War II, or on 9/11.:  Barack Obama is never, and will never, set forth a new identity like the one Lincoln managed to construct after winning the Civil War.:  He simply can’t since he’s not American.:  He is a citizen by birth, but concerning understanding the social dynamics and traditions of America — he’s as hopeless as Jefferson Davis.

Originally posted on The Young Cons.

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