Was Lincoln a Good President?

Many will argue that Abraham Lincoln was the best president we’ve had, or at least one of the best. What made Abraham Lincoln great in many people’s eyes is the preservation of the union. But was Lincoln a good president? In The Real Lincoln, Thomas DiLorenzo shows the problems with Lincoln’s presidency. By taking a look at this book, we’ll ask if Lincoln was good or bad for our country by looking at the results of his presidency. You can find more book reviews in the Conversation of Our Generation Library.

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.

-Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Adress
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Lincoln and The American System

The American System was an economic program endorsed by the Whig Party. Largely shaped by Alexander Hamilton, this program involved the government heavily in economic matters. It would increase taxes to pay for large spending projects at the federal level. But, the people didn’t want this. Due to failed infrastructure projects, many northern states went nearly bankrupt. Multiple states even amended their constitutions to not allow this type of program. Despite this, Lincoln believed in the system with all evidence against him and attempted to force it on the country.

Lincoln’s Involvement in the Civil War

When the South seceded, war was not inevitable. Rather, when Lincoln fortified Ft. Sumter without authorization he provoked the war. Also, Lincoln was not a good Commander in Chief. The Confederate Generals outmaneuvered him and his generals, and were actually poised to win the war. As an act of desperation, he and his generals turned to war crimes, burning and pillaging towns across the south, raping the women, and randomly executing boys and men. It was these horrific crimes that made the south surrender, not military prowess.

Did Lincoln Free The Slaves?

Lincoln didn’t really free the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation. Instead, it was a piece of propaganda. The order exempted the slave states that never seceded or had rejoined the union. The 13th amendment, which actually freed the slaves, was passed by Congress before Lincoln’s death. But, it wasn’t ratified until 8 months after he died. This was only possible because when the north conquered the south, the north revoked the rights of southern citizens to participate in the political system.

Was Lincoln a Good President?

Based on the evidence, I don’t think Lincoln was a good president. Although, I’ll grant that he came into power during crazy and tumultuous times. But, the greatness of leaders is based on how they rise to that occasion. In what I’ve seen, I don’t think Lincoln was the great president people claim he is. His economic system was a failure that eroded liberty and needed to be forced on the people. Lincoln didn’t free the slaves, even the slaves he was able to free. And, he condoned the mass rape, pillaging, and burning of the south, of people he claimed were his fellow countrymen. So no, I don’t think Lincoln was our best president. I don’t think Lincoln was even a good president.

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212. Antitrust and Big Tech | Why Conservatives Should Tread Carefully Conversation of Our Generation

I had the chance to sit down and speak with Ashley Baker, an expert in antitrust. We discussed antitrust and big tech, and how conservatives should fight back against tech. Ashley is the Policy Director for the Committee for Justice, Expert at the Regulatory Transparency Project, and works with the Alliance on Antitrust. So, she knows what she's talking about, and it shows. Dive into the conversation below to learn more about these issues and what Ashley recommends. What is Antitrust? Antitrust is basically a set of legal principles, laws, and precedents that inform us on how to handle anti-competition behaviors of companies. Big businesses may work with other organizations to undermine competition in the economic landscape, which is what antitrust seeks to prevent. Since businesses are built to beat their competition, they can hinder their competition's ability to succeed. However, they cannot work to destroy competition itself. And, that is where antitrust comes into play. There are many examples of antitrust violations we can point to, but the basics of antitrust is that we want to promote a competitive environment. Antitrust Laws and How They Relate to Big Tech You may be familiar with antitrust laws like the Federal Trade Commission Act, which gave us the FTC, or the Sherman Act. But, antitrust law is much more than a couple acts passed by Congress. In fact, much of what governs antitrust policy is precedent, and that's where conservatives have to be careful. If we are to regulate big tech companies through antitrust policy, we need to beware of how it'll effect other aspects of law. That's why I am so grateful to Ashley for coming on to discuss the antitrust efforts and big tech. She shows how antitrust cases inform our laws, and how we might apply that to Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon. Antitrust and Big Tech We must do something about big tech need, but what? First we must understand a few things. Are big tech companies monopolies? Does big tech violate antitrust law in the United States? What can we do to regulate big tech? We'll find the answers to each of these questions in the particulars. There's no simple answer. Rather, the devil is in the details. How Conservatives Should Fight Back Against Big Tech Our politics leans towards slogans and partisanship, rather than real solutions. The answer to this problem won't fit neatly in a 10-point plan or some ideology. Instead, we have to grapple with the principles at play and the particulars of the situation. Through prudence, we can find a solution. Check out this episode: Antitrust and Big Tech | Why Conservatives Should Tread Carefully Subscribe to the Conversation of Our Generationersation of Our Generation Podcast here Check out the YouTube video here — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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