We like to put celebrities of any sort up on a pedestal, even if they don’t really deserve it. Perhaps it harkens back to the days of monarchies and shows some void that we wish to fill now that we no longer have kings, or maybe we are just bored. Either way, we take normal people who’ve become famous for whatever reason and make them larger than life. We build them up into titanic figures beyond the concerns of mortal men and turn them into role models.
Unfortunately, famous people are frequently bad choices for role models. No matter what their public persona shows, they have their own faults like anyone else and would oftentimes prefer if you didn’t remember many of the things that they have actually done or look too closely at their leisure activities. While any person should be allowed to believe what they want, as long as it is not hurting anyone, below are several good reasons why you should think twice before choosing to model yourself after a celebrity.
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the USA, and is seen by many as one of the best to ever hold the office. Preserving the Union and freeing the slaves earned Lincoln his place in history, though emancipation was little more than a political trick. Lincoln even admitted as much, saying “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it.” To him, freeing slaves would not only cause problems in the South, it would provide extra troops for the North and improve relations with Europe so as to keep the British and French out of the war.
The fact that Lincoln was not intent on freeing slaves is shown when only slaves in the South were freed, yet those in the North remained in chains. Lincoln also did not intend on making ex-slaves equal citizens, saying there was “no (reason) … to introduce equality between the white and black races.”
Lincoln did not stop with mere tricks to preserve the Union. He was willing to turn the Union into a dictatorship by revoking the Writ of Habeas Corpus, allowing him to imprison anyone deemed an enemy of the state, and hold them indefinitely, without trial.