Hanlon, you have neocon filtered glasses.
There is NO justification for suspending and crushing self-evident human rights endowed by the Creator, ratified in the supreme law of the land as Lincoln did.
Lincoln used the cause of the slaves to force with bloodshed the preservation of the union.
He was far, far worse than King George.
Freedom for slaves would have happened without Lincoln's unconstitutional acts of war.
On what principle was Lincoln's mass killing of hundreds of thousands of American citizens any different than what Saddam Hussein did to his own people? Slavery? You have to be kidding.
He was a war criminal, and on our own people no less.