I must admit. I didn’t want to see Spielberg’s version of Lincoln. As you know, I am tired of rehashing the Civil War through the narrow lens of the horror of slavery….which WAS horrible, but so often nowadays the history is being repeated relentlessly to evoke guilt and submission from the ancestors of those people who used slaves as cheap labor, and how a generation of white people, who did NONE of those crimes, are being brainwashed to believe that they are still responsible for the horrors of their ancestors.
Politicians have used that guilt market simply to get votes and power. Not that prejudice doesn’t exist, it does…but now it’s double.
I was talking to my friend Mona the other day, and we were both complaining. She was telling me about how she was left standing—at a meat counter. There were two heavy set black older women behind the counter, and one skinny young white women. When she spoke to the black woman to place an order, they looked down, and ignored her. I find this too happening to me. They are SUPPOSE to be friendly to you , the customer, take your order— but too many black people do not even look at your, OR talk to you..and you know they are thinking “Why are you here..go away. I don’t like white people. I don’t have to serve you. ”
The white young girls came up to Mona…and said, “Have you been helped?”
“I thought I was…but we’re still waiting.”
A black person reading this might be thinking: Well, all white people hate black people so you deserve to be ignored
Did Obama’s reelection make any difference in the prejudices of both races? NOPE.
But back to the movie…it’s mostly about the fact that it was the Republican Party that worked so very hard to free the slaves, against the Democrats. That point was repeated throughout. Daniel Day Lewis almost becomes Lincoln. Sally Fields, is perfect as his wife, and Tommy Lee Jones, as you’ve heard, portrays a fireball of a Congressmen.
It also shows the corruption that politicians use to get their way. Lincoln had to bribe members of Congress with positions and money, to get enough votes to pass the 13th amendment. And while the movie makes no judgment on the rights of Presidents to bribe with money and power, in Lincoln’s case you tend to forgive the man because his case was so righteous.
My main thought after the movie, as everyone was talking about how good it was, was the sheer irony. Now, our first black President has worked to put us all back in chains. His cause is not one of liberty, but of taking a “republic ” and making it a dictatorship. He thinks HIS cause of redistributing wealth is the right one.
But, it’s not the cause of liberty, it’s the cause of so many other communists that have enslaved a people before him.
How ironic, that the first black man in history to lead the American nation, a nation who so many thousands had died for to free the black man from bondage, is going to lead the whole nation ..right back into it.
I wonder, what Lincoln would say about that.
If you have to make a choice between Denzel Washington and Lincoln, Nobody Suggests you see Lincoln. Do you really need to see another dark movie about an alcoholic?
Lincoln was worth the money. But better take a dictionary, back then, our congressmen were actually educated.