All across America Lincoln is revered as a great leader, an honest man, a true progressive, and a morally upstanding figure. This could not be farther from the truth. As we know, Lincoln led a devastating and unnecessary war against the Southern people to subjegate us and force us back into the fold. What many do not know is the lengths he took to support that war where he essentially became a tyrant.
The story of Lincoln’s abuse of the North (and with it three clearly Southern states) begins with his maneuvering of the South into a position where it would take the first shot at Fort Sumter. Most Northerners did not want a war and understood that secession was just part of states’ rights. If Lincoln could get the South to fire first though, the North would rally around his banner, ready to quell their foe with unrelenting and ruthless tenacity. Lincoln accomplished this by turning a blind eye to Confederate diplomats and their demands for surrender of federal forts. The Confederates even offered generous terms of paying for the forts as well as their share of the national debt, to no avail. Meanwhile, Lincoln sent resupply ships to Fort Sumter. Faced with a dilemma, the Confederates decided to take the fort before it was reinforced, seeing as how Lincoln was unlikely to relent anyway.
This is how Lincoln got the North into war, but it is not how he maintained it. That would take more dictatorial means. First, Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus, effectively rendering the most important of constitutional rights null and void. Since the writ was traditionally suspended by the legislature in Britain, not the king (executive), it was assumed the same would hold true in America. It did not. Typically this is done in times of war or rebellion when it was needed. The question was who had the power to suspend it?
Supreme Court Justice John Marshall issued a dissent arguing this point along with Chief Justice Taney, again to no avail. Total Lincoln rule was the only accepted option. Using the now dictatorial powers he had, Lincoln elected to dissolve bodies of government and imprison thousands of Northern political enemies. Maryland’s legislature suffered the brunt of Lincoln’s rage as Lincoln cracked down on dissent, arresting two dozen legislators. The mayor of Baltimore and its head of police were also arrested, along with newspaper editors.
Members of the press were not safe in any state however. Editors all over the North suffered the same fate as many Marylanders, usually being sent to gulagesque prisons such as Fort McHenry and Fort Lafeyette. There prisoners could be denied the right to a trial and if they did get one it was usually a military trial which they should not have been subject to. A simple whisper could get one sent to a cold, damp, dark, prison cell for years, possibly leading to the death of the prisoner. This happened from St. Louis to Boston. Members of the press being rounded up and disappearing. A congressman even got the boot, ironically being exiled to the Confederacy which was never officially recognized by Lincoln.
Really it all resembles something out of the Soviet Union. No surprise seeing as how Lincoln was the one president who set forth an era of universal governmental control, over every little aspect of life. Lincoln set in motion the process through which freedom of speech could be smashed into oblivion, and along with it any public show of religion.
It’s no wonder people still call Lincoln, “Father Abraham,” unknowingly showing the injustice of Lincoln’s overtly centralized government. The states were not meant to be this way, the Union was not supposed to be this way. They were to be sovereign, independent states that had come together for the common benefit. That ended once Lincoln took power, and the Northern people followed him all the way.