Recently, Bill O'reilly wrote a book titled "Killing Lincoln". Mr. O'reilly stated, "President Abraham Lincoln was our best leader for a variety of reasons."
That is very interesting considering that Gore Vidal wrote a book titled, "Lincoln" and Mr. Vidal also stated that Abraham Lincoln was our best president.
The following quote is from e-notes, " It is clear that Gore Vidal regards Abraham Lincoln as the greatest of American presidents, who not only preserved the Union but, in effect, re-created it."
It says a lot that Gore Vidal who is to the left of Joe Stalin or even Barack Obama and Bill O'reilly, who is supposedly a conservative, both rate Abraham Lincoln as the best president in the history of the United States.
The biggest problem with what Abraham Lincoln did during the Civil War was that he took the United States from a country where sovereign states controlled the federal government to a situation where a sovereign federal government controlled the states.
The following quote is from an article by Walter E. Williams titled "DiLorenzo is right about Lincoln, "In 1831, long before the War between the States, South Carolina Senator John C. Calhoun said, "Stripped of all its covering, the naked question is, whether ours is a federal or consolidated government; a constitutional or absolute one; a government resting solidly on the basis of the sovereignty of the States, or on the unrestrained will of a majority; a form of government, as in all other unlimited ones, in which injustice, violence, and force must ultimately prevail." The War between the States answered that question and produced the foundation for the kind of government we have today: consolidated and absolute, based on the unrestrained will of the majority, with force, threats, and intimidation being the order of the day.
Today’s federal government is considerably at odds with that envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. Thomas J. DiLorenzo gives an account of how this came about in The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War."
How does Bill O'reilly have the gall to call himself a conservative?