Skip to comments.Ron Paul says Lincoln was wrong to fight the Civil War. Do you agree?
Posted on 12/26/2007 9:26:27 PM PST by stainlessbanner
Ron Paul appeared on "Meet the Press" over the weekend, and gave voice to a sentiment scarcely heard in American politics. He claimed that the Civil War was unnecessary, and that Lincoln "never should have gone to war" to stop slavery. A better approach would have been for the federal government to simply purchase freedom for all of the slaves in the country. Watch Ron Paul on Meet the Press [YouTube]:
Of course, such a program sounds more than a little strange coming from a man who is so mistrustful of government that he wants to abolish the Department of Education, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Reserve, and the IRS. But what about the contention that Lincoln went to war to put an end to slavery?
YES - 29% (states incl: AL, LA, AR, MS, SC, ND, SD, WY)
NO - 62%
Not sure - 9%
...doesn’t Ron Paul have a space ship to catch ?.......is anyone listening to him ?
ron paul is a moron.
I want to abolish the Department of Education too. There was never any demonstration of need for it, unless you consider Jimmy Carter’s desire to pay back the teachers unions a legitimate “need.”
Yeck, been to AOL twice today. Stupid and inaccurate poll.
Pandering to the South Carolina and Mississippi voters, it appears.
I tend to agree that Lincoln was dead wrong in fighting the WBTS... no matter his trumped-up excuses...
Well that ruins any hope he had of receiving endorsements from Jesses Jackson and Al Sharpton. :)
War should have never been fought. Sanctions should have been given a chance...some resolutions too.
I’ve held the position that Lincoln was wrong for 45 years - long before Ron Paul. I’ve always supported states rights though and the Constitution.
Lincoln originally fought to preserve the Union. Originally, the slaves were not to be liberated. Someone doesn’t know their history.
Ron Paul is dead wrong about that. The Civil War wasn't about freeing the slaves -- it was about keeping the Union together. And the South started the war by firing on Fort Sumter
About halfway through the Civil War -- Lincoln gave the Gettysburg address which called for the end to slavery...
But the civil war was also about an issue just as big which was not avoidable, and that was the question of whether the US was going to be able to industrialize (which required tarrifs) or whether we were going to allow England to dump manufactured goods here and essentially continue using us as a colony.
So saying Lincoln was wrong for starting the Civil War to free the slaves is ignorant of history.
A real poll would be much redder. (At least in the South).
Thanks for the ping. I voted earlier off of a link from SHN&V. Oh, what the Hell. Might as well vote again. LOL!
I agree with Paul on this 100%!
he wants to abolish the Department of Education, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Reserve, and the IRS.
Well, I don’t know about the war but I have to agree with him on the above.
I think a real poll would be much more in favor of Lincoln even in the South. People that believe that Lincoln was right in suppressing the attempted political power grab by the slaveowning class accept that belief as mere recognized historical common sense and will not be motivated to multiple votes or even one vote. On the other hand, the partisans of the Confederate cause will jump at the chance to join Paul and reverse the verdict of history.
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