Hate to disagree with Medved’s assessments in many places.
Lincoln is overrated and possibly the worst in terms of carnage and tossing out principles of our government.
Certainly FDR is 1 of the worst, as are Wilson and Teddy.
Sometimes the best presidents are those you DON’T hear about, more obscure. They are more likely to have done as little as a hands-off government probably should do.
Kaslin: "judge them based on the amount of damage they did... Lincoln..."
Pontiac: "I would have to agree with the OlLine Rebel in post 13 that Lincoln would be the worst by far.
On his watch over 600,000 US citizens died...
...I would put Lincoln at the top. "
US Navy Vet: "My own personal list for WORST US Presidents... 9. Abraham Lincoln"
februus: "Glad you dropped Lincoln on there somewhere."
Neoliberalnot: "No one, not even Davis, expected Lincoln to turn out to be such a savage killer of fellow Americans."
Iron Munro: "Don't think much of Lincoln as he lead us into civil war with 600,000 dead and 500,000 wounded."
To all our Lincoln-haters, you are badly misinformed by blatant pro-Confederate propaganda.
The truth of the matter is that not one single Confederate soldier was killed directly by any Union force, and no Confederate state was "invaded" by any Union army until after the Confederacy first started war, then formally declared war on the United States, on May 6, 1861.
Blaming Lincoln, and saying he should have ignored Confederate war against the Union is like blaming President Roosevelt for Pearl Harbor and saying he should have ignored Hitler's declaration of war against the United States.
Lincoln simply did what he had to do, as a wartime commander in chief.