I know we all have mixed feelings on Glenn Beck here, but I couldn't help myself when I came across an informative article at LewRockwell.com the other day by Thomas DiLorenzo, the guy who writes all the taboo-smashing books about Lincoln, and found his outlook on Glenn Beck interesting. For one, he seemed to agree with Beck's usual chalkboard analyses of Obama's friends and friends' friend's and friends' friends' friends. I really don't care too much for those things: I think they're just a type of fear mongering that doesn't really accomplish anything; knowing that Obama's staff is full of socialist sympathizers doesn't explain why socialism is bad and not compatible with freedom, it just says Obama likes socialism...duh. He should, instead, stick to the Founding Fathers episodes, libertarian-based roots of America stuff, maybe plug another Hayek book or two, etc.
However, as DiLorenzo goes into the problems he has with Beck, I can't help but be in total agreement, not just about Beck, but about the Republican party -- if not the majority of contemporary America. I speak, of course, of the idolatry of Lincoln in America. Lincoln was the original neocon, and his "preservation of the union" and "freeing of the slaves" (regardless of Lincoln's expressed defense of the Corwin Amendment, that would have put slavery as irrevecobal in the Constitution) allows his historical character to be untarnishable.