For Obama, Lincoln was model president

by thoughtfulconservative

From CNN.com

In the last couple of years, several best-selling books have focused on the life and political skills of the nation’s 16th president. And one man in particular has taken a particular interest in not just reading about the Illinois politician, but also modeling himself politically after him.

Yeah, about that modeling,

During the Civil War, Lincoln appropriated powers no previous President had wielded: he used his war powers to proclaim a blockade, suspended the writ of habeas corpus, spent money without congressional authorization, and imprisoned 18,000 suspected Confederate sympathizers without trial.

Hmmm.

Other important legislation involved economic matters, including the first income tax and higher tariffs.

During the war, Lincoln’s Treasury Department effectively controlled all cotton trade in the occupied South — the most dramatic incursion of federal controls on the economy. [All emphasis mine]

Is this the kind of model he intends to follow?

I wait and watch.

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One Comment to “For Obama, Lincoln was model president”

  1. President Lincoln’s Speech
    Political Debates Between Lincoln and Douglas
    Fourth Joint Debate at Charleston
    (September 18, 1858)

    I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And in as much as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race

    http://www.bartleby.com/251/41.html

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