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Treason of 'Ol Abe

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  • tony_clifton_entertainer
    The Keeping of Troops in Times of Peace He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without consent of our legislature. To begin with, Lincoln
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      The Keeping of Troops in Times of Peace

      "He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without
      consent of our legislature."

      To begin with, Lincoln kept Union soldiers, in times of peace, in
      the borders of the Confederate States of America even though the
      Confederate legislatures did not want them there. A notable, and
      maybe best, example of this is the Union troops under Major Anderson
      at Fort Sumter. Also, maybe a less notable example is Fort Pickens
      in Florida. This act, or should it be said inact, of Lincoln's was
      far worse than that of George III. Unlike George III, Lincoln was
      keeping these soldiers on foreign ground. At least King George had
      some right over the land that he abused, his government never
      claimed to be democratic. But Lincoln had no say at all in the
      running of this land where he continued to maintain troops. Many
      will say that these forts belonged to the U.S. and were their right
      to keep. But when the southern States seceded they took with them
      these buildings, forts, and arsenals as buildings owned by the
      people of their given state. In a government where the people are
      supposed to be the government, these kinds of buildings are owned by
      the people. So when seceding people decide to break away, these
      buildings go with them. No matter what people like to think,
      Lincoln, or the president in general, have no control over foreign
      lands. To claim this is unconstitutional, and above all complete
      tyranny. Lincoln was trying to claim this power by maintaining his
      troops in the Confederate States, which had formed their own
      soveriegn country foreign to the United States. The legislatures of
      those States did not want the Union troops within their borders, so
      Lincoln had no power.


      Cutting off Trade with the Rest of the World

      "For cutting off trade with all parts of the world."

      Lincoln attempted to cut the South out from the rest of the world.
      He and his anti-Southern predecessors did this by more than just the
      naval blockade. The isolation of the South was attempted by the use
      of tariffs. The use of high tariffs was a direct attack on the
      South. Since the South was mainly agranian in the nineteenth
      century, it relied highly on outside manufacturers to produce the
      everyday tools a plantation, farm, business, or family needed to
      keep running. As the government needed the money from tariffs less,
      it was able to raise the tariffs. This raising in tariffs made the
      products the South bought cost more. Eventually, the idea was, the
      South would have to buy all their supplies from Northern
      manufacturers. This practice of the government protecting its
      manufacturers from outside, of foreign, competition is known as
      protectionism. This systematic raising of tariffs to protect
      domestic businesses is known as protective tariffs. In fact, this
      idea of Lincoln using protective tariffs, is believed by many to be
      the reason South Carolinians fired on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861.
      These people believe the Morrill Tariff Act of 1861, which doubled
      tariffs to a high 47%, is what pushed South Carolina over the edge.


      Denying the Benefit of Trial by Jury
      "For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury."

      To suspend the writ of habeas corpus is a right given the President
      by the Constitution. So why is this listed as a reason for Lincoln
      being called a tyrant? A tyrant is more than a person who takes
      powers that are not theirs, a tyrant is also a person who abuses the
      powers given him. Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus at
      least two notable times. These two times are the most notable, there
      are probably many more less documented cases. To begin with the
      first time, in 1861. Maryland was considering secession after
      Virginia left the Union. As we all know, Washington was, and still
      is, between the borders of Virginia and Maryland on the Potomac. If
      Maryland seceded, Washington would be isolated from the rest of the
      country, and would be surrounded by Confederate States. But Lincoln
      had the answer to the problem. He had the mayor of Baltimore, the
      governor of Maryland, and a majority of the State Congress of
      Maryland arrested. In short he took the people out of the
      government, by taking the popularly elected representatives of the
      people out of office. In a democracy this violation of the people is
      one of the worst acts of tyranny that can be committed. All of this
      to a State that was still in the Union. The next abuse on habeas
      corpus was the suspension of the writ for some 10,000 people. Of
      these ten thousand people, most of them were Democrats, the
      political enemy of Abraham Lincoln and his Republican Party. This is
      a gross act of tyranny, Lincoln used his powers to greatly advance
      his own, and his party's, political careers. Furthermore, all of the
      ten thousand people were of the North. The use of suspension of
      habeas corpus to punish ones own political enemies is most
      definitely an act of tyranny.


      Suspending the Legislature
      "For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves
      invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever."

      President Lincoln dissolved state legislatures. He did this twice,
      once in Maryland and once in Missouri. Lincoln dissolved Maryland's
      state government when he had its Governor and Congress arrested to
      keep Maryland from seceding from the Union. Though the secession of
      Maryland would have been a major problem and blow for both Lincoln
      and the Union, now consisting of only the Northern states and
      Maryland, Lincoln had no Constitutional power to dissolve a
      peaceful, or even unpeaceful, state government. Some may say Lincoln
      was within his power because keeping Maryland in the Union was for
      the "good" of the Union as a whole. But, dissolving the state
      government was not in the best interest of the people of Maryland.
      The Constitution was written to protect the citizens of the States.
      Lincoln was not looking for the best interests of the people of
      Maryland. So Lincoln was not acting through any Constitutional power
      or any power that the people gave him. The second time Lincoln had a
      state government dissolved was in Missouri. On October 31, 1861, the
      exiled Missouri State Congress opted for secession. The reason for
      this was the continual attacks on Missouri by the Federal Army. In
      fact, the state government had been drove out of Jefferson City, the
      capital of the state, by the Union Army. All this was done months
      before the state even seceded. Quickly, after Jefferson City was
      taken, Lincoln ordered a new state government organized. This
      government was made up of political allies of Lincoln and was not
      elected by the people of Missouri. This government was completely
      unconstitutional by both the United States Constitution and the
      Missouri Constitution. Also, this government did not represent the
      real people. The real, old government, lead by Governor Claiborne
      Jackson, was the government that was elected by the people and
      represented the people. It was this government, the one the people
      elected and wanted, that decided to secede from a Union that had
      continually attacked it and its citizens. The rest of the Union had
      effectively declared war on Missouri, when it was still apart of the
      Union. This unofficial war with extremely unconstitutional forces
      (the first use of the term "National Guard" comes from these forces)
      did manage to kick the true elected Missouri state government out of
      the state, but it did not succeed in completely getting rid of the
      government. On November 28, 1861, the Confederate Congress in
      Richmond adopted Missouri as the twelfth state of the Confederacy.
      Missouri's Confederate State government took office in Marshall,
      Texas. Though, Lincoln did not actually destroy or completely
      dissolve Missouri's government, he did attempt this and did replace
      the Constitutional government with an unelected, unconstitutional
      government of political allies. These are two examples of Lincoln
      both defying the Constitution and defying the basic theory of
      democracy. A democracy is ran by the people. Lincoln took that power
      out of the hands of the people and put it into the his own. These
      two acts of Lincoln's were the worst acts of tyranny of all of
      Lincoln's presidential and political career. These acts alone prove
      Lincoln was a tyrant.


      Waging War Against the People

      "He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his
      protection and waging was against us" and

      "He is at this time transporting large armies of foriegn mercenaries
      to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already

      Lincoln transported his armies to the South to attack it. The
      Confederacy made no aggressive advance towards the North. In fact,
      the attacks from the North started before some states even seceded.
      In St. Louis, the Constitutional Militia of Missouri was attacked by
      Union troops. This was as attack on peaceful citizens of the Union.
      At the time of the attacks Missouri was still a member of the U.S.
      and thoughts of secession were still months away. And then, after
      the firing on Fort Sumter in April of 1861, Lincoln called for
      75,000 volunteers. This was a direct assault on the South, and was a
      direct threat. Then these 75,000 men marched south into Virginia.
      These Union troops were soundly defeated at the Battle of Manassas.
      They were marched into the Confederacy in an aggressive stance
      against the South. Manassas is in Virginia after all. These acts of
      Lincoln directly coincide with what Jefferson described as a tyrant
      in his Declaration of Independence.



      Treason, in the Constitution, is defined in Article 3, section 3,
      clause 1 as consisting, "only in levying war against them, or in
      adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort." "Them" is
      most certainly referring to the states. This is just another example
      of our Founding Father's believing in the sovereignty of the states.
      If treason is levying war against them, them being the states, then
      Lincoln must have committed treason against the United States. For
      this is what the Constitution says. "Treason against the United
      States shall consist only in levying war against themÂ…" by Lincoln
      waging war against just one peaceful state, he was committing
      treason against the whole of the United States. But if the South
      seceded from the Union, then they were no longer protected by the
      Constitution. But, Missouri was still in the union when Lyon
      attacked General Price and his Missouri State Guard. Treasonist are
      either banished or shot, but Lincoln was allowed to rule with a
      tyrant's hand. Supporters of Lincoln will say he reunited the
      country, but it should also be remembered that it was his
      inauguration that separated the country. Also, remember the story of
      Benedict Arnold. His heroic acts at the Battle of Sarotoga granted
      much to that victory, and it was this battle that effectively won
      the war for the colonies. But, Arnold is not remembered for winning
      the war or our independence, he is remembered for the act of treason
      committed against him. History shows that treason out weighs any
      other act, no matter how great.



      Lincoln was both a tyrant and a treasonist. So who can blame the
      South for wanting to create a real democracy that represented the
      people. It was, afterall, the dream of our Founding Fathers.
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