Abraham Lincoln was a dictator. In 1863, General Ambrose Burnside Issued General Order Number 38, declaring it treason for anyone to express sympathy for the Confederacy, ordering "that hereafter all persons found within our lines who commit acts for the benefit of the enemies of our country, will be tried as spies or traitors, and, if convicted, will suffer death. Persons committing such offences will be at once arrested, with a view to being tried as above stated, or sent beyond our lines into the lines of their friends."
And indeed, almost 40,000 ordinary citizens, who expressed sympathy for the Confederacy or doubt in Lincoln, were incarcerated at Fort Lafayette, known then as "the American Bastille." But not only was it a crime to express sympathy or doubt, Lincoln saw it as a crime to not express support, saying: "the man who stands by and says nothing when the peril of his Government is discussed cannot be misunderstood. If not hindered, he is sure to help the enemy; much more if he talks ambiguously — talks for his country with 'buts' and 'ifs' and 'ands.'"
In modern parlance, Lincoln said: "you either clearly express support for us, or you're against us."
No one was safe from the free speech police; "one of those imprisoned for fourteen months for simply questioning the unconstitutional suspension of habeas corpus was Francis Key Howard, the grandson of Francis Scott Key and editor of the Baltimore Exchange newspaper. In response to an editorial in his newspaper that was critical of the fact that the Lincoln administration had imprisoned without due process the mayor of Baltimore, Congressman Henry May, and some twenty members of the Maryland legislature, he was imprisoned near the very spot where his grandfather composed the Star Spangled Banner. After his release, he noted the deep irony of his grandfather’s beloved flag flying over 'the victims of as vulgar and brutal a despotism as modern times have witnessed.'"
Even Ohio congressman Clement Vallandigham found himself incarcerated after promising that anyone who supported "King Lincoln's" policies would receive "sepulchres" in return. In the 1860s, those vile words resulted in Lincoln calling Vallandigham a "wily agitator" and the Supreme Court decided not to review his case after he was incarcerated via military commission. In essence, a congressman gave a speech, a military officer decided that he didn't like it, and that congressman was imprisoned. The Supreme Court decided that a military commission could imprison any citizen, and the precedent stands today.
America is undergoing a major transformation, and the prospect of President Trump fighting an insurgency led by undocumented immigrants is not out of the question.
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Mr. Lincoln may have freed the slaves, but he also gave as an inheritance to Mr. Trump the power to indefinitely detain US citizens, a power which mass instability in the United States may force him to use.
Deep down it appears that Mr. Trump is sincere in his desire to help the working class and strengthen an America that doesn't meddle in the affairs of every authoritarian country around the world, but there are elements working overtime to crash the global economy and execute terror attacks inside of US soil with the express purpose of forcing the next president to use powers inherited from the Civil War.
The elite will do anything to prevent their plans from falling through, and this may mean detonating a nuclear bomb in a US city, putting the country in a state that would make dissent a treasonous act. Make no mistake about it, George Soros and his proxy groups will, even in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, fund agitators to delegitimize the government as the need to suspend habeas corpus presents itself.