From: Manchester, UK
Man, do I ever agree with Mike, I'm so tired of every new history book out there trying to "Tell us the truth" about history... Lincoln was gay, the folks at the Alamo were only trying to protect stolen gold, Lee was a terrible general, the whole Revolutionary War was a bunch of rich guys trying to get richer off the backs of slaves and the poor, and what ever bull s&(* that some revisionist liberal can think up to minimize the efforts and results of those that came before us...
It sure is nice to sit back and look back at history and make sweeping judgements about what the men and women of yesterday did, without the historical context of what they were living through...
Bottom line, all great men and women have flaws, what makes them great is their ability to impact the world in a overall positve manner despite whatever obstacles that have to overcome...
Patton was a great general, warts and all, so was Eisenhower, Rommel, and all the rest - the Fathers of our Country ( US ) were great men, no matter what the hangups...
And Lincoln was not gay...
( Have you ever seen such an hideously ugly guy who was gay??? )
First bold, Lee wasn't terrible, but he wasn't the all singing, all dancing Super General he has been protrayed as. Some revisionism is a healthy thing.
re the second bold, I wholeheartedly disagree, but we don't want to go there...