Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rogue President

A review of new novel about a president who "imprisons critics, invokes martial law, suspends the writ of habeus corpus, and throttles the press" — Abraham Lincoln 'Impeached.' Wait, What?

Says the author, "I think Lincoln was our greatest president; I have no question about that. But at the same time, there were a lot of things that Lincoln did during his presidency, in order to win the Civil War [sic], that could be called into question."

About his being our "our greatest president," I'll just quote John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, who said, "Great men are almost always bad men," the oft-forgotten coda to his famous dictum, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

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