Pardon me if I don't celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday today. Why he is revered as one of our greatest Presidents is beyond me. The man took this country into a horrible civil war, with over 600,000 deaths and countless more amputations.
People seem to think we would still have slavery today if not for Lincoln. What a ludicrous thought! And would it be so bad to be several countries instead of one? I think not, I think we would be better off. Lincoln should have let the South go in peace, and war would have been avoided.
The principle rule of any "just war" theory is that all other options must be exhasuted. Lincoln certainly did *not* do this, and history should see him for the warmonger and nationalist that he clearly was.