Did I hear Abraham Lincoln groan as he rolled over in his grave? Part 3 of 3

Back to the question that I asked in Part 1—why has it been so easy for the GOP to fool so many adult Americans into believing that President Obama is responsible for the growth of the national debt since he took the oath of office?

I think it has to do with adult literacy skills where one cannot understand what he or she reads, and those adults turn to some other source for information—for example—Fox News; Rush Limbaugh; Sean Hannity; Glenn Beck and others just like them who spew misinformation cherry-picked from facts that mislead fools.

In the United States, 43% of adults read at the most basic level and only 4% read at the highest level of literacy. … [the 43%] is a class of adults who, although not meeting criteria for functional illiteracy, face reduced job opportunities and life prospects due to inadequate literacy levels relative to the requirements of contemporary society.

And these people are eligible to vote. In fact, ten of the eleven poorest states in the US voted for McCain, the Republican candidate for president in 2008. In addition, the top 15 most educated states voted for Obama while 82% of the least educated states voted for McCain. Source: DailyKos.com

Bill Maher: most Americans are Dumb and Uneducated

My conclusion: if your literacy skills are so low you have no idea of how to find the facts to check what your favorite conservative claims is the truth as he or she cherry- picks the facts, then you are easy to fool.

And if you are among the 4% who read at the highest levels and you believe that President Obama is one-hundred percent responsible for the increase in the National Debt since he took the oath of office, then you are lazy because the facts are there—from primary sources—for anyone who wants to spend the time to discover them just like I did for this series of posts.

If you have read this far and want to learn more, you may want to read about discretionary spending versus mandatory spending at Keeping America Great.org. And if you read this short explanation, you may notice that the word “President” doesn’t appear anywhere. But the word “Congress” does—over and over.

Here’s my first recommendation for spending cuts: cut the Department of Defense by 50% and stop fighting wars with countries that never attacked America. Vietnam never attacked America. Iraq never attacked America.  And it could be argued that Afghanistan never attacked America. The attack on 9/11in New York was caused by al Qaeda who was operating out of Afghanistan when the Taliban ruled that country.

Al Qaeda is made up of terrorists who are scattered across many countries but rule none. They are hunted criminals, killers and outlaws and the Taliban were removed from power in Afghanistan during the war and now are no different than al Qaeda.

Do we really need to spend $700 billion annually to fight these terrorist gangs who have no country?

Abraham Lincoln was right. There will always be some people who will be fooled all of the time.

After reading all three of the posts in this series, if you still believe Obama is responsible for the increase in the National Debt while he has been in office, prove it by showing us where he increased discretionary spending without approval of the Congress.

Return to I heard Abraham Lincoln groan as he rolled over in his grave: Part 2 or start with Part 1


Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine, Vietnam Veteran and English-journalism teacher.

His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy that started life as a memoir and then became a fictional suspense thriller. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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9 responses to “Did I hear Abraham Lincoln groan as he rolled over in his grave? Part 3 of 3”

  1. Sometimes hard to know why we believe any so called leader is in control of his office and the country? They say Civil Servants run the UK!

    1. In the United States private sector billionaires run the country but they also struggle between each other because they don’t all follow the same tune. But a few may be more dangerous than the rest. The Koch brothers and the Walton family being at the head of that list.

  2. People believe what they want to believe. They always have. Sad but true.

    1. It is sad. And if someone wins at something but plays dirty to win and they have the power to write the history of how they won, they will usually edit out all the bad stuff they did.

      1. Whoever wins rewrites the history. I think that’s de rigeur. I’ve never read an historian without an agenda. Sometimes I agree with the agenda, often not. Neutrality is a chimera.

      2. What’s interesting is how decades and even centuries later, historians may end up writing on the same topics and the perspective changes drastically taking someone who was either demonized or hero worshiped and reversing the story based on journals, letters, etc. that the previous historians never saw.

        For example, around 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion in China, there was a London Times correspondent in Beijing who wrote stories of China’s dowager empress that made her look like a scheming, backstabbing whore. He even claimed in his stories that he had orgies with her. But she was age 65 and cloistered inside the Forbidden City with layer on layer of security with rigid moral rules and etiquette that didn’t even allow her to see any foreigners. As the widow of an emperor, she was not allowed to have any relationships by men. Breaking those rules ended in death.

        Then in the 1970s, Sterling Seagrave, a historian, came into possession of this London Times journalist’s diaries where the journalist bragged about faking every story he wrote from China to the London Times. Until then, what that reporter wrote about China and its rulers was the foundation of what was written in the history books about that era and many history books about China still studied in schools still studies those lies.

        The journalist’s name: Edmund Trelawny Backhouse

        Robert Bickers, in the Dictionary of National Biography, calls Backhouse a “fraudster,” and declares that he “may indeed in his memoirs have been the chronicler of, for example, male brothel life in late-imperial Peking, and there may be many small truths in those manuscripts that fill out the picture of his life, but we know now that not a word he ever said or wrote can be trusted.”

        Yet, there are still some in the West that believe what Backhouse wrote was true even though Robert Hart thinks the man was a fool and couldn’t stand him which we can find in Hart’s letters and journals.

      3. Good historians — like Barbara Tuchmann (a favorite of mine) — sometimes went back and rewrote their OWN opinions. Which I think shows (1) they have integrity and (2) are still thinking and haven’t ossified. If you never change your mind, do you have a mind?

      4. I’ve read Barbara Tuchmann and enjoy her work. But to change one’s mind, it has to be open when new evidence comes to light. Then you have to weigh that evidence against the evidence/claims behind politically correct history. And I’m discovering that far too many people have closed—everything is black or white—thinking. Once an opinion is formed for these type of people, even a visit from God probably wouldn’t budge them. They would think that God was a hoax cooked up by evil liberals.

      5. Yes. That pretty much defines the issue.

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