FAIRFIELD — The day honoring Abraham Lincoln nears and a John Wilkes Booth holiday is needed, a Suisun City man told Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday.
He knew how to deal with tyrants, George Guynn Jr. said of Booth, an actor who assassinated President Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865.
Guynn, 70, who is active in a local taxpayers organization, said later he was speaking personally when he talked during the public comment portion of the school board meeting.
Trustees should read the book “Lincoln Unmasked,” advised Guynn, who said the school district could refuse to honor the president’s holiday. “Lincoln Unmasked,” by a professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland who is a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, was published in 2006.
The public comment portion of school board meetings is for matters not on the agenda and trustees typically do not comment on statements.
The Suisun City resident, a retired real estate broker, told the Daily Republic after his statement that Lincoln supported a monolithic federal government and opposed states’ rights. Lincoln was responsible for the Civil War that led to the deaths of more than 600,000 people, Guynn said.
“Lincoln is probably the worst example of a president we ever had,” he said. Lincoln did not do good things, Guynn said. “Being a good Nazi is not a good thing.”
Guynn said he spoke about a holiday for Booth because school district trustees usually ignore his comments about such matters as taxes and academic programs.
“I want to get their attention,” Guynn said. “That’s the only way I can.”
“If somebody would show up and disagree with me,” he said, “that would be fine.”
Guynn spoke about attending college, getting a degree in mathematics from California State University, San Jose, and learning the things he’d been taught as a child about American presidents were fairy tales.
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