Lincoln: Lincoln defended his suspension of the writ of habeas corpus:
should everything fail because that one law "made in such extreme tenderness of the citizens' liberty that practically it relieves more of the guilty than of the innocent . . . [cannot] to a very limited extent be violated?" You want "the government itself go to pieces?"
Obama: the Constitution has to be ignored to save the Government.
I heard Kushner's comments and felt that "Lincoln" probably is just another example of the "nonpartisan" media that is used to influence apolitical voters.
I think it helps when assessing Lincoln’s policy to put it in the context of what he was up against. A comparison of Lincoln’s treatment of suspected bridge burners in Maryland and Confederate treatment of suspected bridge burners in East Tennessee is very much in Lincoln’s favor.