Some Background Information for That Spielberg/Doris Kearns-Goodwin Lincoln Movie . . .

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. . . that premiers this Friday, courtesy of Bob Wenzel. The movie is said to about the latter pages of the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by the confessed plagiarist Doris Kearns-Goodwin. I reviewed the book on LRC when it came out several years ago.

Statism is the “religion” of all leftists like Doris Kearns-Goodwin, and they just cannot think of enough superlatives for the most “successful” statists in history. To such people, politics is life. There is nothing more. Goodwin has spent her career as a hagiographer for FDR, Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedys, and now Lincoln. She describes him with words like “decency,” “kindness,” “morality,” “sensitivity,” “compassion,” “honesty,” “empathy,” “uncommonly tenderhearted,” “phenomenal memory, ” “remorseless logic,” “acute reasoning faculties,” “a man who had never met his intellectual equal,” “the very embodiment of good temper and affability,” “magnanimity,” “a master among men.”

Regarding the fact that Abe was an atheist, Goodwin does her best to spin it by writing of how sorry we all should feel for “Lincoln’s inability to take refuge in the concept of a Christian heaven” because “he confronted the loss of loved ones without prospect of finding them in the afterlife.” Boo hoo. Enjoy the movie.

12:10 pm on November 14, 2012