Sadly you have obviously drunk the koolaid of the government educational system and have swallowed the well-oiled mythology of Lincoln. Lincoln was the tyrant who changed the concept of Federallism into the totalitarian state that now is overbearing on the lives of Americans. The Lincoln lie is pervasive even among Conservatives who don't have the intellectual resources to see Lincoln for what he was. Booth should have gotten him in 1860 and there would have been no War for Southern Independence. Slavery? Lincoln disdained blacks famously saying that he would enslave all men or free slaves to maintain the mercantilism of the oppressive north. Time to get a reality check John.