Abraham Lincoln once said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Senator Nick Bennett believes that it should not stand. Disgusted with partisan politics, Nick calls for America to be split up by political ideology. The idea of living in separate utopias is wildly popular with Americans. The blue states form the Progressive States of America and the red states create the United States of Ronald Reagan. The two new governments are free to address foreign relations, economic policies and social laws without the interference of an opposition party.
While the P.S.A. thrives, the U.S.R.R. is crippled by the inanity of its conservative ideology. A generation of its citizens receives a terrible education and loses the right to privacy. Many are killed either by an abhorrent health care system or the preemptive wars their government starts. The dreadful conditions inside the U.S.R.R. enrage the conservative citizens. Revolution seems inevitable, and the conflict threatens to engulf the liberal country as well.
Abraham Lincoln's Lie contains political and social satire and is intended for a liberal audience. The novel takes a humorous look at how fiercely debated ideas could actually be implemented by the two ideologies.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book shows what might happen if the red states and blue states went their seperate ways. The outlandish plot obviously isn't supposed to be taken seriously. It's a fun read for liberals, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to any of my conservative friends or family.
Kind of extreme, but interesting ideas.
Reviewed by Patricia Althoff for Readers Favorite Have you read the reports of citizens petitioning the White House for their various states' secession from the United States? If you haven't, it is likely because they are small, unorganized groups of people using a pre-written petition circulated on the Internet. What if some powerful politicians organized grassroots movements in all of the states to dismantle and reassemble the United States into two separate countries based on ideology? Scott Haworth presents just such a situation in "Abraham Lincoln's Lie". He follows the lives of one politician, one conservative family and one liberal family as they face the consequences of this split. The two countries, Progressive States of America and the United States of Ronald Reagan (yes, Ronald Reagan), are free to write laws without opposition. I particularly liked the section on Border Patrol created by the new Immigration Policy, and I am sure each reader will find his own favorite. Although this book reads on the surface (in subtle humor) as though the causes of liberal politicians are vastly superior to those of conservatives, the author's portrayal of the most liberal policies as the basis for success and of the most conservative policies as dooming the population to a new dark age clearly point to the underlying exposure of how many modern day liberals and conservatives view each other. I would love to read another version where the USRR vastly exceeds the advancement of the PSA. Following that, I'd like to read a more balanced version. Though not deeply thought-provoking, the author's premise is amusing, and the book is a delightful read.