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TempName14 July 20th, 2013 11:54pm

Was Abraham Lincoln a good president?

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
07/21/13 1:52 am

He was a very good man who did his best in a very tough situation.

wiildkat Propertarian
07/20/13 9:45 pm

Tough question. He did some great things, but I always struggle to know if it was worth the cost of expansive federalism.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
07/20/13 9:02 pm

I don't think that the union would've dissolved long term if the Civil war had not been fought. State sanctioned slavery was becoming less and less popular in civilized, industrialized nations. The British got rid of it without war. We would've too.

MJSeals J.D.
07/20/13 7:30 pm

Founder of the Republican Party!

commonsense America isnt racist
07/20/13 9:41 pm

I think he was the first republican president. I don't think he founded it.

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
07/20/13 6:29 pm

Umm.. He did win that war against the vampires.. Lets not be so short sited.

paidert1 Columbus, Ohio
07/20/13 6:42 pm

Hahahaha! I haven't laughed this hard all day!

DavesNotHere where am I
07/20/13 6:26 pm

Lincoln was dedicated to preserving the union at all costs. He believed the founding fathers vision if America was not to be messed with. He originally fought for new states to be slave free. He despised slavery but was willing to let the southern

DavesNotHere where am I
07/20/13 6:29 pm

states keep their slaves. He evolved over the course of the war to believe that god was punishing the United States for the sin of slavery. Read his second inaugural address. Might be the greatest poetry in English language other than Shakespeare

07/20/13 6:34 pm

He did not fight for the founding fathers original vision... He fought against it.

kermie gaytopia
07/20/13 5:28 pm

Mostly yes. A little wishy-washy. And trampled on the Constitution from time to time. But so have many others, and he was dealt a terrible circumstance.

thatguy81 here
07/20/13 5:20 pm

The absolute worst in our history

suppressedID That is my secret Cap
07/20/13 5:30 pm

He's still mad about Sherman's March.

kermie gaytopia
07/20/13 5:31 pm

That's dramatic.

MisterE Conservistan
07/20/13 5:34 pm

Nope, it's Andrew Jackson.

DavesNotHere where am I
07/20/13 6:23 pm

The worst on history was the 15th president, James F. Buchanan. He faced all the problems Lincoln faced, but did absolutely nothing. He let it all fall in Lincoln's lap. Buchanan is consistently rated the worst if the 43 rated presidents.

wiildkat Propertarian
07/20/13 9:46 pm

Livefree i would love to know why you think that!

zman117 Ohio
07/20/13 5:10 pm

Very tough issues, most people don't like to say it, but the Civil War was not black and white. Which is so closely tied to Abraham Lincoln, you can't ignore it when judging him.

zman117 Ohio
07/20/13 5:16 pm

? I didn't say you did. I meant it like, why do you have to ask such a tough question!

zman117 Ohio
07/20/13 5:19 pm

No pizza for you

inge MIA
07/20/13 5:24 pm

It really is a hard question. The lack of education in our schools about Lincoln's presidency is depressing, too.

inge MIA
07/20/13 5:03 pm

I always have a hard time with this question. Ultimately, I believe he was.

MisterE Conservistan
07/20/13 5:01 pm

He knew what he had to do to preserve the Union. Unfortunately, preserving the Union came at a huge price.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/20/13 5:57 pm

Exactly, and elegantly stated, I might add.