First things first: Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, is a worthless fuck who doesn’t matter. Nonetheless, he does a pretty good — though inadvertent — job of framing the political battleground in the YouTube below.
Here’s Kristol’s bet, in a nutshell: that you, dear reader, dear citizen, are too stupid to allow yourselves or anyone else the latitude to question or critically reflect on packages of "truth" handed down from decades past — handed down by people who had it handed down to them by people with no more divine authority to judge such matters than you have. Case in point: the notion that Lincoln was a great president is the biggest lie in all of American history; and Paul is precisely correct that a war between States was wholly unnecessary to overcome institutionalized slavery. In terms of sheer destruction, both in terms of American lives (650 thousand) and in relieving the federal government of most of its practical limitations from then on, Lincoln was the worst president by large measure. There is a very good reason why Lincoln is so celebrated by the State. While it wasn’t he who made the all-powerful, all-encompassing state possible, it’s he who made it practical.
For better or worse, we’re well into entering an age where very nearly everything, past and present, is up for question and examination. What’s more, we’re shedding the illusion that what the mainstream media does by way of its binary "question" raising is anything more than a production geared for the consumption of the mass ignorant — those still far behind in the information revolution. In this new age: any savant, genius, moron or imbecile can raise any questions they want about anything, no matter how sacred, and publish them to millions. Fuck you if you don’t like it. I don’t care, and here’s why, mostly: because I don’t care about anyone who isn’t interested to think and to keep evaluating and re-evaluating what he takes as knowledge of reality.
Addressing that question about Lincoln, slavery, the War between the States, and so on, requires thinking, irrespective of the conclusions one comes to. Bill Kristol is telling you not to think; that to question such settled and sacred "wisdom" is crackpottery. That’s why Bill Kristol ultimately doesn’t matter. Increasingly, he’ll have to earn his influence just like anyone else. He’s going to have to learn to think, too, which isn’t the same as analyzing the relative effectiveness of lies — which he’s very good at.
To those of you shocked at my disrespect for your idol, Lincoln, let me just say that in a rational world they’d find a way to erect a public outhouse right above the head of the Lincoln monument.