Lincoln suspended habeus corpus, exiled a congressman for speaking out against him, never freed a single slave, invaded a foreign country (or, if you don't like that, he invaded sovereign states of the union), he trampled the constitution, and he wrecked the monetary supply of the time. He also launched an all-out-war policy against civilians.
Lincoln as Evan said was credited for stuff he never did. Read the Emancipation Proclamation and you will see that is says nothing the US history books says it did. It only made Slavery Illegal in territories and not the states already formed.
In the beginning of his term he was indeed wanting to protect slavery and the sovereignty of the souther states. However the coward that he was he caved into political pressures to keep his presidency and came up with the most famous flop speech in american history. Lincoln is only popular with people who do not know the truth of his presidency. He was a sorry president a weak man and a joke on his best day.
Like arming Iran, Iraq and the Mujahadeen? What about the idea of trickle down economics which has been proven to be ridiculous, but Conservatives still spout it? What about the deregulation movement? Hmm...well, what about waging illegal wars in South America and allowing the smuggling of cocaine by the CIA which resulted in the crack epidemic of the late 80s and early 90s? Tripling the debt? Amnesty for illegal aliens? There are a few of the Conservative ironies there. We can do this all day sir. How many do you want?
Presidents should be measured by the impact they made on the country's people for good, not how popular they are. That would put Washington, Lincoln, Cleveland, Reagan at the top, and dead last would be Obama, Carter, and Johnson.
Historians rate Lincoln #1 For his desire to reunite the Union. However The average person thinks he freed the slaves and that makes him a good person. The truth is the man was a tyrant who trashed the constitution, and advocated the burning of souther houses, rape of southern women, and murder of souther men trying to stop this, what ever you want to call it.
The point is, most of the US thinks he is #1 for something he never did, or even wanted. People site the emancipation proclamation all the time and they have not one clue what it actually says.
Obama is 2 years into his Presidency. Classic. I'll bet you think Bush shouldn't be blamed for 9/11 either huh? Even though it was at the very same point in his Presidency as Obama is now. Classic. No, no, you aren't projecting at all.
He was against slavery, but his mission was not to end it. Instead, he did a horrendous amount of damage to the country... I'll quote what I wrote above:
"Lincoln suspended habeus corpus, exiled a congressman for speaking out against him, never freed a single slave, invaded a foreign country (or, if you don't like that, he invaded sovereign states of the union), he trampled the constitution, and he wrecked the monetary supply of the time. He also launched an all-out-war policy against civilians.
i forgot to mention that he threw numerous newspaper printing company heads in jail for printing articles that mildly suggested that perhaps war wasn't the answer to Southern Secession. He also trampled over free speech.
Lincoln was always against slavery. He entered the Civil War, hoping to preserve the Union. But as the water progressed, he also started to focus on ending slavery, which is why he issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
Lincoln was not against slavery, the only reason slavery ended was so he could get re elected. Lincoln believed he didn't even have the power to end slavery, the only thing honest he ever said. Emancipation Proclamation read it for ones instead of claiming it says this or that twits.
Bill Clinton, has to be. Single handedly revived the Cuban cigar industry, and made secretaries worldwide much more aware of their precise job descriptions! He didn't start any wars either, which has to be a plus.
No past president was all good. Lincoln had his hangups and insecurities which did temper some bad decisions. However, his intent was beyond his own hangups, which if you read his writings, would indicate that he was forward thinking for his day. Far more than most Americans at the time.
Obama equates himself to Lincoln as a forward thinker. However, his premise of hope and change is based on a world socialism, not simply socialism for the US. It's far more reaching than US borders.
Other presidents were absolutely riddled with their own insecurities and ego. For all the good that Reagan did with his silver tongue and some good deeds, his presidency is the source of the Iran-Contra Affair. There were some pretty nasty coverups. Some of Reagan's economic policies set precedent for the mess we're in now.
FDR, right or wrong did what his two predecessors refused to do: save the country.By the time FDR got the New Deal in motion the country was already in a serious fire sale. And look at Social Security today. The New Deal was a mixed bag.
Johnson's ego got us into Vietnam. Nixon was a powermonger with a filthy mouth and willing to take anyone down in his path. Carter was as much a religious zealot as Bush and floundered with his own need to peddle his religion, but the ONE good thing Carter did was the Middle East talks between Manacham Begin and Anwar Sadat. No one has since been able to get either side to talk seriously about peace and equity.
W was deluded with his own mental illness, ego and Bible belt "God is on my side" thinking.
My thinking is that there is some good. The best good was actually accidental in most cases. They didn't realize at the time the far reaching effects of their policies, good or bad. Those who were less concerned about being right, less concerned about their fame and how history would portray them, who didn't let their egos rule them, usually did some good for the US.
I'm not sure that there is a good option for President in the future. Washington is more concerned about their power, influence, wealth, and standing. You play the game or you die. Obama is learning he has to play the game, or he gets nothing in return. Same as every president learns.
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