The Myth of Abraham Lincoln

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The myth of Abraham Lincoln, no myth in American history is more prevailing or enduring. Good old Honest Abe, The Great Emancipator, Defender of the Union. We have come to a crossroad in this country. It is a time of great peril; freedom is in its maximum hour of danger. We must put to rest this myth, which only serves to propagate tyranny and undermine liberty. Abraham Lincoln was not a great man trying to free the slaves; he was a racist, power hungry, tyrant who really fought the civil war to stop the south from seceding. Before we decide to travel down the path of laying out why Abraham Lincoln is a tyrant, I think we must first define the word tyrant. The online Merriam-Webster online dictionary gives the following …show more content…
Not to mention, he spent money before it was authorized by congress. Or the fact that he introduced a draft even though there is nowhere in the constitution that grants him the authority to do so. Although there are many transgressions that Lincoln committed against the constitution, I do not think it necessary to list them all. I believe we have sufficient evidence to establish that he does indeed fit the first definition of the word tyrant. For good measure though, I will add this final example. By far Lincoln’s most appalling infringement on the constitution is his suspension of habeas corpus. Article 1 section 9 of the United States Constitution guarantees the writ of habeas corpus or the right to not be indefinitely detained with showing just cause. Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus led to over 3,000 suspected “confederate sympathizers” and journalist in the north to be imprisoned. Now that we have without a shadow of a doubt provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate that Lincoln fits the first part of the definition above, let us move on to the second, “2 a : a ruler who exercises absolute power oppressively or brutally b : one resembling an oppressive ruler in the harsh use of authority or power”. In order to prove that Lincoln once again conclusively meets the criteria, we need to look no further then the atrocious acts that he, and those under his
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