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Learning from Lincoln: Both Onscreen and Off

deestafford Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 8:17 AM
Lincoln is perhaps the most undeserving idolized politicians in history. He was as close to a tyrant we have ever had. It locked up legislators who disagreed with him. He closed down state legislatures. He is worshipped because he "saved" the union. Saved it from what? He completely violated the Constitution in numerous ways. It was understood by the states when they ratified the Constitution that they could leave the union they created at any time they wished when they felt tyranny was encroching on their soverignty. As a matter of fact some NE states considered sucedeing in 1854. As an aside, I believe we have more grievances against the government today than we did against King Richard. It's a shame when one wakes up every...
jmonaco Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 10:55 AM
dee --

This is very clever or you lost me ... "King Richard". Were you referring to King George III or Richard Nixon?

nawlins72 Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 10:03 AM
But, but...he had good intentions.
deestafford Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 8:21 AM
every morning wondering what the government will do to them today. Lincoln was the first in a line of destroyers of States Rights (and that phrase does not equate to slavery as portrayed by the left) followed by Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson, FDR, LBJ, Nixon, and Obama. The Roosevelt and Kennedy families have done more destruction to this once great country than any other clan in our history. Thank goodness Lincoln did not procreate to contribute any further harm.

What is it about Abraham Lincoln that has captured the hearts and minds of the American public since his assassination nearly 150 years ago? After all, one could argue -- rather persuasively -- that our 16th president was the least qualified candidate ever elected to high national office; in fact, his public service record included just four terms in the Illinois state legislative, one unremarkable term in the House of Representatives, and two unsuccessful bids for the US Senate. In addition, he had virtually no executive experience and, as his contemporaries invariably pointed out, Lincoln seemed wholly unfit to lead the...