Lincoln sucked just as bad, or worse, than other presidents, yet he’s a martyr to black people and others who don’t ever ask themselves if he did anything other than bust his ass to keep the Union together so he wouldn’t be universally scorned. Did he want to be the president that let the USA fracture? Hell no, he didn’t, and it was his own EGO that motivated him to keep it together. Some of the stuff he did wasn’t all that magnanimous!
What special guy…I think we call him Putin nowadays, but back then he was rescuing the slaves and all…um…so anything in the name of…um…yeah, right:
“While we’re on the subject of free speech and all, let’s meet Clement L. Vallandigham. An Ohio Democrat during the dark days of the Civil War, he was by all accounts a bit of a miserable idiot, who liked nothing better than to rile his Republican rivals by opposing everything they stood for. Since this was the 1860s, that meant campaigning to end the war and criticizing Lincoln for his cavalier approach to civil liberties. A criticism Lincoln responded to by having Vallandigham arrested, tried by the military, and deported behind enemy lines.
Just to be clear, Vallandigham wasn’t a spy. He wasn’t aiding the Confederacy. He was just a guy who had a misguided admiration for the South and felt uneasy about winning a war by crushing civil liberties. Deporting him for expressing these views was about as far from democracy as you can possibly get. Then again, Lincoln did a lot of things that don’t exactly sit well with our idea of a democratic leader.”