It has long been axiomatic that the only way to determine that a politician is lying is to see if his lips are moving. If they are the chances are 99.999…% that he is. Certainly the statement quoted above – and hundreds of others not cited for lack of space – prove Lincoln to be the most prolific, if not the most accomplished, liar of the 19th century. We limit him to his time because the 20th and 21st centuries seem to be producing bigger liars yet all of who seem to be indebted to his vision.
Our secret constitution : how Lincoln redefined American democracy Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c 2001 George P. Fletcher United States. Constitution. 13th-15th Amendments Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xi, 292 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VGGeorge P. Fletcher asserts that the Civil War was the most significant event in American legal history, an event that created a new set of principles that continues to guide legal thinking today.
Much as historians and lawmakers strive to maintain a continuity with the Constitution of 1787, Fletcher shows that the Civil War presented a rupture not only between North and South but between two visions of the United States. The first Constitution was based on the principles of the republic
as a voluntary association whose principal task was individual freedom and which tolerated government only insofar as it was needed for the common defense. The government chosen by “We the People” sought, above all, to protect the rights of individuals and to limit the leadership of the nation to a capable few.
The second Constitution enacted in the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, reinvented the United States according to the principles of
popular democracy where capability was exiled and the mob became king. Fletcher shows how this surrender to the mob, though suppressed for decades, shape our sensibilities today in our efforts to expand the range of those protected as equal under the law in the never ceasing struggle to build coalitions of the inferior to loot the public purse.
Although he attempts to dress it up as something fine and noble he completely ignores that these amendments were ratified, literally, at the point of a bayonet during military occupation and is unable to demonstrate how the people and states are more free after Lincoln than they were before. Another poorly reasoned and mediocrely written apologia for the tyranny of collectivism.