In a recent Gunslot discussion it was claimed that the story, "The Man Without a Country" was actually inspired by the "fact" that Abraham Lincoln was put on trial in Chicago AFTER the Civil War and, for his many crimes against the Constitution, was exiled from the country, thus inspiring this story. In this short note I hope to explain this story to you and show why the idea that it was inspired by Lincoln's exile is a delusional flight of pure fancy.
The story by Hale was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in December, 1863. It doesn't take a genius to pay attention to the date of publication here, during, but well before the end of hostilities. It's a short story. Here it is: http://www.bartleby.com/310/6/1.html
The basic plot is this: Phillip Nolan, a US Army lieutenant, became involved with the treasonous affair of Aaron Burr, former Vice President of the United States and killer of Alexander Hamilton. This happened in 1807. Nolan is brought to trial as an accomplice. During the trial he expresses disdain for the United States and says he never wants to hear of the United States again.
The judge grants him his wish and he is sentenced to life at sea aboard Naval gunboats where the crews are directed never to speak of the United States again. Over his years in exile Nolan gradually changes his position to become an ardent patriot. He constructs a map of the United States and seeks to fill it with all the states of the Union. In one of the more dramatic points of the story he finally gets a sailor to tell him what state is in the remaining hole in his map, for which he is very grateful.
Ironically, given the context in which this story was originally cited, the story when published was considered very patriotic and pro Northern. It was basically attempting to cast "The United States" as a singular nation rather than the "United States" as plural, a conglomeration of states that were united (or not). In other words, it was designed to "preserve the union," which are the words of Abraham Lincoln.
One of the rules of logic states that if you make a statement such as "All crows are black." And then subsequently find a white crow, then your generalization becomes invalid. It is null and void. Here we have one fact, that the story was originally published in 1863, that shows that the idea of this story being inspired by a fictional Lincoln trial is invalid. It is null and void.
There are those who believe George Bush is actually a reptilian from another dimension. There are those who believe that space aliens have abducted millions of individuals to harvest their DNA. There are those who believe 9/11 was an inside job and that "Building Seven" was brought down by explosives. There are even those who believe the planes that hit the twin towers were holograms. There are those who believe the moon has a breathable atmosphere and that aliens come from the planet Clarion, which is exactly opposite the earth in the same orbit around the sun, so we can't see it. People from Clarion can speak all languages and are all Christians. There is no ending to the stupidity of belief.
The Leftie liberal socialists believe Obama is a "Light Worker." They believe that McCain started the disastrous fire aboard his own aircraft carrier. They believe Sarah Palin had her daughter's baby (or vice versa). They believe that the recent "Restore Honor" rally was attended by about 100,000 people and that they are all racists. There are even people on the left who believe Islam is a religion of peace. It's almost good that they are so delusional, because that means they do not understand the depth of conviction of the Tea Party Movement. But these people are also dangerous because their beliefs are setting us up for a socialist dictatorship.
I am a firm believer of being open minded and willing to at least consider alternative theories, but not so open minded that your brains fall out. I am also strongly committed to the United States of America as one country, comprised of all fifty states and the territories. I am completely against any attempts by any groups, whether they be Black Nationalists or any other separatists, to dividing this country along any lines whatsoever. I consider that treason and I refuse to be a party to it and will work actively against it.
So, if anyone wishes to declare their personal aspirations above or against the United States of America, I can only hope and pray that the right people are listening in to our conversation.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
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