Talking to an old friend over the weekend we began discussing Lincoln's abuse of power and unconstitutional actions during the course of the US Civil War. She was listing the liberties that honest Abe had circumscribed or (in many cases) outlawed during the great conflagration but I cut her off short and explained that, in my view, the war over secession was proof that the American experiment in representative government was a failure and Lincoln had no choice but to watch the South burn it down so that he might rebuild along the same designs with improvements. The issue of contention in those days was slavery, but slavery was just most prominent and visible of a host of secondary issues that supported the peculiar institution - the tip of the iceberg as they say. It was these secondary issues that split the Democrat party and allowed Lincoln to win the presidency with 40% of the popular vote and it was his lot to try to lead a fractured nation . The US congress had been trying
Isn't it rich? The Keeper of the Clown Bell is a semi-secret society dedicated to exposing the clowns in our midst. Ring Loud, Ring Often!