Rep Dennis Ross, the new chair of the House subcommittee that oversees the US Postal Service has made no secret of his contempt for public sector workers and their unions, so it came as no surprise to see this tweet from the Congressman this morning:
The link leads to an article published on the ultra-libertarian, paleo-conservative website, LewRockwell.com. The author is Thomas J. DiLorenzo, a professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland. The article is nothing new- the usual “market-good/government-bad” diatribe you might expect. What caught my eye while reading the essay though, were the Amazon ads dotted around it, for titles like “Lincoln Unmasked” and “The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War”.
The books were written by DiLorenzo, and expound his belief that the real villain of the Civil War was none other than Abraham Lincoln! (DiLorenzo, by the way, prefers to call it the “War to Prevent Southern Independence”. ) Yes, the Congressman’s economics expert thinks the South was right, and that Abraham Lincoln, still officially regarded as a hero by the Republican Party, and the man whom Americans have named as their most admired President more often than any other over the years, was a fraud and a tyrant.
The professor has also been associated with the neo-Confederate “League of the South”, considered by some to be a white supremacist hate group. He has already been called as an “expert” witness by Ron Paul’s Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Subcommittee. His appearance prompted a sharp reaction from the subcommittee’s ranking Democrat, William Lacy Clay (Mo.), according to the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank:
DiLorenzo, the congressman told the committee, had called Lincoln “the first dictator” and a “mass murderer” and decreed that “Hitler was a Lincolnite.” Worse, Clay charged, “you worked for a Southern nationalist organization.” “The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second southern secession and a society dominated by European Americans.”
No word yet on whether DiLorenzo will be invited to share his insights with Congressman Ross’s subcommittee.
Golly- why do people think the Republican right is out of step with mainstream America?