Lincoln's own words -- "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it...
"Saving" the Union belongs right next to "The war to end all wars" and "We know they have WMDs".
A little-known fact of the Constitution is that two of the largest states -- Virginia and New York -- made the right to withdraw from the union explicit in their acceptance of the Constitution. And in such an agreement between parties as is represented by the Constitution, a right claimed by one is allowed to all.
Get our your grains of salt in order to swallow Tessa's comments. Aside from the counterfactual silliness ("What sort of country and people would we be today if Lincoln hadn't...?"), one needs to remember that slavery ended everywhere else in the world without a destructive war. But not for the Railsplitter. The Cult lives on.
Slavery was the rotting fruit on an otherwise noble endeavor - a new country founded on priniciples of liberty and self rule. Each president up to Lincoln had ducked the issue. The solution - the civil war & then emancipation created problems we're still saddled with today, but how could slavery continue without eventually destroying the country? What sort of country and people would we be today if Lincoln hadn't led all of us - white and black out of slavery?
The war that Lincoln so wanted was about raw power. And tyranny. And money. The Union supposedly saved ceased to exist when "Honest" Abe and his cohorts decided to declare war on their own country. The way that it was prosecuted and won provides strong evidence of this. Raping and slaughtering civillians while burning entire cities to the ground is not heroic. I'll take the author's word for the quality of the architecture however, the fact that 600,000 Americans perished due to the naked agression of the North is certainly more worthy of a memorial than the life of a corporate attorney turned martyr who is worshipped by the likes of the Clintons, Bushes, and Obama.
if every citizen of this nation would truly understand the gist of this article, embrace the principles espoused by the great man, this nation would and will become a different place, the place of that idealized vision that continues to be america...
Very impressive !