Lincoln believed in the United States of America with no wiggle room. You were eithe rin or you were out and if you came in there was no way out in his mind
Which is why I described him as a tyrant
What does the Constitution say about secession?
What does the constitution say about a perpetual Union? What does our Declaration of Independence say about one people dissolving political bands which have connected them with another? Please refer to when the U.S. seceded from Britain.
Lincoln did cut corners, he didn't got by the book when it came to the law,
Here are some of those "cut corners" in the form of violations of the Constitution committed by Lincoln:
-Coercion in 1861. Article IV.
-Laws of Neutrality -- Trent Affair. Article VI, Clause 2 -- Violation of International Law.
-Writ of Habeas Corpus Suspended. Article I, Section IX, Clause 2.
-War Declared Without the Consent of Congress, 1861. Article I, Section VIII, Clauses 11, 12.
-Emancipation Proclamation. Article IV, Section III, Clause 2.
-West Virginia illegally made a State. Article IV, Section III, Clause 1.
-Freedom of Speech Denied. Vallandigham Imprisoned in Ohio. Amendment One.
-Blockading Parts of States that Were Held by the Federal Government to be Still in the Union.
-Liberty of the Press Denied. Amendment One.
-Violation of the Fugitive Slave Law. Article IV, Section II, Clause 3.
but it was the most serious crisis the union had ever faced
There really are no "but's" when dealing with liberty. When you make concessions for tyranny then you are damned. Read your Orwell.
and the end certainly justified the means
That's impossible to say with any certainty. This is your opinion because it's been spoon-fed a tale of goods. You can believe it. But make no mistake, in all likelihood you have less Liberty today as an end to those means.
Finally, does the statement resonate at all? Sound familiar?:
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right -- a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.
- Abraham Lincoln, January 12, 1848 speech in Congress
This post was edited on 11/21 at 11:26 pm