Originally Posted by Mark from Plano
Wow. I've totally change my opinion based on absolutely no facts presented whatsoever. Thank you for enlightening all of us. Lincoln succeeded in achieving the great strategic objective of his day. How's your day going so far?
Well let's see what else happened while 'succeeding in achieving his great strategic objective'
-He suspended the writ of habeas corpus
-He used this suspension to throw people in jail with no trial for BS
-Controlled the media during war by shutting down newspapers, and prevented them from using the mail. He also took control of the telegraph lines.
-He had no intention of ending slavery except when he realized it would help his cause
-He broke treaties with Indians, then killed them, then put a bounty on the ones he didn't get
-He didn't even like blacks to begin with, many say he was a flat out racist
-His idea to unify the US was to destroy the South entirely
-Many experts say he was all but forced into signing the Emancipation Proclamation, because of radicals in his party not his morality, though he still carefully worded it so it only effected the south
I'll leave you with a quote from the Star in 1863:
There is no act of tyranny more odious than that which strikes at the liberty of the press"”the freedom of thought and speech... for all time to come, history will point back to the reign of Abraham Lincoln, as having displayed a timidity most ludicrous, a terror most abject, a despotism most foul and hideous, a tyranny utterly regardless of all moral considerations, trampling under foot all the guarantees of a written Constitution, which he solemnly swore before God and the world, to maintain, revere, and support.