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Homage to Lincoln and Founding Fathers

The United States has always been subject to conspiracy theories. King George conspired to tyrannize the colonies. Abe Lincoln described a conspiracy by the southern slaveholding class to dominate US politics and the US economy.
Excerpts are from Ch. 12 of 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA by Webster G Tarpley
Homage to A Lincoln and the Founding Fathers.

Webster G Tarpley writes,

"The US Declaration of Independence is one of the most celebrated conspiracy theories of all time:

'... when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government and to provide new guards for their future security... .
The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having, in direct object, the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these States.'

The ministers changed, the policies shifted, but the controlling goal of tyranny remained. It is a conspiracy theory of the type which would make many a modern academic or neocon talk show host squirm. It is also one of the greatest political documents of world history. Were Jefferson and Franklin paranoids, mere conspiracy buffs?"

Webster then goes on to Lincoln, who attacked the sitting president Polk as conspiring to make war on Mexico based on lies and fabrications.

"the young Illinois congressman offered his famous series of Spot Resolutions - demanding to know from Polk exactly where, in what spot it had been on American soil that the bloodshed had taken place - with the obvious overtone that the fighting had not taken place on US territory at all, but in an area long settled by Mexicans and belonging to Mexico. Lincoln made a speech in favor of his Spot Resolutions on December 22, 1847, after just ten days in the House. Lincoln... portrayed Polk as a provocateur, and demanded that he tell the truth about what had happened... Lincoln argued that Polk had been determined all along to find a pretext for war with Mexico...

The Mexican War and its aftermath, built upon Polk's falsehoods, precipitated the crisis that led directly to the Civil War. But before that Lincoln paid a considerable personal price for his principled stand in favor of truth. For his adversaries, he became "Spotty Lincoln," who had refused to support Polk's rationale for the war...

Lincoln never gave up his principled position about Polk's method of engineering the war... He stood his ground in his 1860 autobiographical sketch, arguing that
... the act of sending an armed force among the Mexicans was unnecessary inasmuch as Mexico was in no way molesting, or menacing the US or the people thereof, and... it was unconstitutional, because the power of levying war is vested in the Congress, and not in the President....


Certainly one of the most famous speeches in American political history is the one which students still know as the House Divided Speech of 1858. This is Lincoln's address to the Illinois Republican Convention in the process of his nomination as candidate for the US Senate. Here Lincoln is dealing with a series of events which had greatly increased sectional tensions between North and South, between the slave and free states.... Lincoln saw it as very likely that the events of the 1850s were the result of conspiracy:

'We cannot absolutely know that all these exact adaptations are the result of preconcert. But when we see a lot of framed timbers, different portions of which we know have been gotten out at different times and places and by different workmen - Stephen [Douglas, Senator and Democratic Party leader], Franklin [Pierce, US President, 1854-57], Roger [Taney, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, and author of the Dred Scott decision], and James [Buchanan, US President, 1857-1861], for instance - and we see these timbers joined together, and see they exactly make the frame of a house or a mill - ... in such a case, we find it impossible not to believe that Stephen and Franklin and Roger and James all understood each other from the beginning, and all worked upon a common plan or draft drawn before the first lick was struck.'
Yes, the House Divided speech adumbrates a conspiracy theory.....

As Eric Foner has shown in his work on the ideology of the early Republican Party, when the GOP prepared to contest the election of 1860, the new party needed a clearer ideological vision than it had possessed in 1856. On the one hand, the slavery issue loomed very large. On the other hand, the Republicans did not wish to make outright abolition their main slogan, for fear of a backlash in various states, even in the North. The central concept of the Republican Party in 1860 thus turned out to be the Slave Power Conspiracy. This theory saw the ruling slaveholder elite of the southern states as preparing to assert total control over the federal government in Washington, and thus threatening the freedom and the livelihood of every person in the north, whether they cared about slavery as an issue or not.
Thus, the United States was founded on a conspiracy theory. Abraham Lincoln's first important speeches in Congress were devoted to exposing a conspiracy by Polk and his friends to unleash the Mexican War. Lincoln's House Divided speech, one of the most celebrated political utterances in the chronicles of the US, adumbrates a conspiracy theory. The Republican Party itself first captured the presidency thanks to the efficacy of a conspiracy theory."

Lincoln faced the same conspiracy Washington had: it's well known that Britain supported the Confederacy in an attempt to divide and reconquer the United States.

And if you ask me, the Republicans were right. The slaveholder elite are still with us, they are the plutocratic banksters who really have captured both parties and the federal government and the media and a lot more.

They have assassinated every president like Lincoln who stood up to them.

That's where we are; I'm a conspiracy factualist.

Excerpts are from Ch. 12 of 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA by Webster G Tarpley