Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Listen to Abraham Lincoln

Gateway Pundit calls this the "money quote":

"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged."
— President Abraham Lincoln


gunner said...

President Abraham Lincoln had "Peace Democrats" ARRESTED for their treasonous actions, also!


As the Civil War started, in the very beginning of Lincoln's presidential term, a group of 'Peace Democrats' proposed a "peaceful resolution" to the developing Civil War by offering a truce with the South, and forming a constitutional convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to protect States' rights.

The proposal was ignored by the Unionists of the North and not taken seriously by the South.

However, the Peace Democrats, also called copperheads by their enemies, publicly criticized Lincoln's belief that violating the U.S. Constitution was required to save it as a whole.

With Congress not in session until July, Lincoln assumed all powers not delegated in the Constitution, including the power to suspend habeas corpus.

In 1861, Lincoln had already suspended civil law in territories where resistance to the North's military power would be dangerous.

In 1862, when copperhead democrats began criticizing Lincoln's violation of the Constitution, Lincoln suspended habeas corpus throughout the nation and had many copperhead democrats arrested under military authority because he felt that the State Courts in the north west would not convict war protesters such as the copperheads.

He proclaimed that all persons who discouraged enlistments or engaged in disloyal practices would come under Martial Law.

Among the 13,000 people arrested under martial law was a Maryland Secessionist, John Merryman. Immediately, Hon. Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States issued a writ of habeas corpus commanding the military to bring Merryman before him.

The military refused to follow the writ. Justice Taney, in Ex parte MERRYMAN, then ruled the suspension of habeas corpus unconstitutional because the writ could not be suspended without an Act of Congress.

President Lincoln and the military ignored Justice Taney's ruling.

Melissa Clouthier said...

My concern is that the Democrats indeed would like to emulate Lincoln. All their Bush hating is simple projection. They fear that the current President is just like them and would wield authority just like they wish they could.

We don't need Obama to be the new Lincoln. We don't need an Obama period. No experience and delusions of grandeur? Lovely.

Chalmers said...

Delusions of grandeur or delusions of competence... Either way, I am hoping for Rudy.