There are way too many idiots in this world that believes whatever textbooks say.
"One of the greatest presidents ever."
Abraham Lincoln is one of our worst presidents.
"Fought for the concept that secession was unconstitutional (as it violated the concept of democracy--if the guy you voted for lost, you have to deal with it) and aided in the disestablishment of the institution of slavery."
The Confederacy fought against Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus, first amendment rights, tenth amendment rights, unfair taxes and his alienating of the Southern states. There is nothing unconstitutional about secession. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say states can not secede. The Founding Fathers cherished liberty, not democracy. Also, Lincoln's beliefs on slavery were inconsistent, but his white supremacy was consistent.
"Though the Hartford Convention did consider secession, it was not the main focus of the agenda, and was political suicide for the Federalists."
Real patriots who fight against their oppressive governments don't give a shit about "political suicide". That's exactly what the Southern states did.
"Moreover, limiting free speech during times of war is not something unique, as it has happened many times since Lincoln's day."
How is this excusable?
"It should also be noted, secession is mentioned nowhere in the Constitution as a right, it is mentioned in the Declaration of Independance, but that was not a legal document. Therefore he didn't deny anyone anything unusual."
The Constitution is called THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND for a reason. You need to read the tenth amendment, which states: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Since secession is mentioned nowhere in the Constitution, this little amendment that has been constantly ignored kicked in.
Abraham Lincoln's assassination was justified for acts of treason, lying after promising to uphold the Constitution, war crimes and being responsible for the slaughter of many innocent Americans for his own selfish political gains. The Confederacy were true patriots who fought for the document the Founding Fathers risked their lives for and followed their wisdom. Thomas Jefferson once said if we truly want freedom, there must be armed rebellion every twenty or so years to keep the government in check.
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