After much consideration and rethinking, I now believe that Lincoln was a mass murderer, a domestic terrorist and the worst war criminal the nation has ever seen. Lincoln makes Assad look like an angel.
Abe Lincoln, the butcher of America, is solely responsible for killing more Americans than the combined total of ALL other US wars since!
And it was completely unnecessary!
All he had to do was allow the CSA the freedom of self-determination. But terrorists don't do that. They use violence to enforce their own agenda upon others.
Why can't a state un-join the Union? As the CSA sadly learned in 1861; once you are in, you will be hanged, shot, burned out and/or imprisoned before we allow you to succeed at seceding from the strangle-hold, Jonestown-like mentality of the good ol' all-powerful US of A. Unity or Death to you all! One Nation under God, OR we KILL you! How inspiring for freedom... Not.
- Lincoln choosing to use war and violence to enforce his ideals upon the South was just as barbaric as slavery itself. The Butcher was not a hero; he was a domestic terrorist of gigantic proportions.
Slavery is an abomination, but so is murder, cultural decimation and wartime collateral damage. We justify all this by saying we now have a black President. True. Also true: more black Americans are in prison today than were owned as slaves in 1850 throughout the South. Although only 12% of all crack users are Black Americans, they represent 90% of all crack convictions. We have turned our prison system into the new slave Plantations of America, and by making it a white-owned private business, it is not much different than real slavery for those Black Americans unfairly incarcerated. We abolished slavery in name only. Our "freed" black slaves live in prisons today, isolated from their families, allowed no more freedom than the black slaves of the southern plantations. For this progress we murdered a half million Americans and bitterly split a nation?
The Civil War was not necessary, and murdering our neighbors was just as abominable as the practice of slavery. The state of Virginia was split in two by the conflict, with neighbors in the new West Virginia now killing their neighbors in Virgina. Lincoln was a hero to some but also a butcher of hundreds of thousands of his fellow Americans on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. The end does not justify the means, by any means, and by all means, freedom will eventually triumph over oppression. Black Americans are STILL waiting for real emancipation. Prisons or Plantations; freedom of choice or not?
Had we allowed the south to secede, slavery would have eventually been outlawed as it is worldwide today, and all the hatred would not have existed. It would have been a more organic, non-violent, voluntary transition, not filled with murder and war.
True freedom means allowing all peoples, even the Confederate States of America, true self-determination. Succession from the Union should be an inalienable right of all peoples, north and south, east and west. You cannot kill people to prove you are right.