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 Posted: Wed Jun 18th, 2008 04:38 pm
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Although I would certainly not grant him sainthood, could somebody explain to me why I shouldn't hold Lincoln in high esteem for preserving the Union.
With you on that Tim. The man, in retrospect, made some major booboos and some questionable war-time moves but, without him, this nation would not be what it is today: top o' the world!

We've had the extreme good fortune (providence?) to have had the right people in the right place at the right time. At a particular early crisis, we had Washington, Adams, Madison, Jefferson and many other less-well-knowns who set about designing a new country. Lincoln followed their pattern. What we would be if he hadn't been there is impossible for me to contemplate.

He earned whatever degree of esteem anyone choses to give him. Some can consider him a saint, if they'd like, I prefer to consult history.

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