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1) ‘See my comment above'

Could you please specify which you are referring to?

2) ‘Slavery and preserving the union were not linked in the slightest'

Point previously refuted: South Carolina for example publicly declared this as a significant cause when seceding, and Lincoln ultimately included its abolition as a just cause when defeating the Confederacy
http://www.mrlincolnandfreedom.org/inside.asp?ID=27&subjectID=3

3) ‘Preserving the union was about preserving a tax base'

Redundantly unsubstantiated claim: please source

4) ‘And it was about Lincoln's ego and saving face'

Unsubstantiated claim #3

5) ‘He wanted to prove Congress and the President had power over the States, INSIDE the States. The South said they didn't have that power'

Partial disagreement: certain federal privileges are Constitutionally granted that surpass state powers
[ex. maintaining a national military]
and vice versa for state authority above federal
[ex. conducting criminally fugitive rendition]
(note that I personally do not agree with all of the Constitution's enumerated clauses)
http://sparkcharts.sparknotes.com/history/usgovernment/secti...
Which powers then are you referring to concerning the Civil War?

6) ‘The question technically still isn't settled to this day. But the only parties who held that contention were conquered and occupied after a bloody war and they gave up fighting for their cause'

Partial agreement if referring to judging the proper scope of powers between various apparatus of governance
(ex. international : federal : state : county : township : estate : domicile : self),
while other scholars have both agreed with Lincoln's positions regarding the Civil War
http://www.mrlincolnandfreedom.org/inside.asp?ID=27&subjectID=3
and disagreed with the Confederacy's
http://www.historynet.com/the-confederacy-americas-worst-ide...

7) ‘The South did not secede over slavery'

Incorrect claim previously refuted
"Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery.. and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun.. and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union"
http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/reasons.html#Mississippi

8) ‘There was no move to ban slavery. In fact, there was an effort to preserve it to keep the South in the union'

Partially incorrect and as previously stated, emancipation was ultimately included as a just cause when defeating the Confederacy
http://www.civilwar.org/150th-anniversary/emancipation-procl...

9) ‘The South still left, because slavery wasn't the issue for them'

Previously refuted again
"Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery.. and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun.. and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union"
http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/reasons.html#Mississippi

10) ‘The issues were the intrusive and dictatorial internal regulations and heavy taxation that Congress was reigning down on them and that Lincoln was enforcing'

Please substantiate your claim

11) 'Saying Lincoln preserved the union because of slavery is the Sesame Street-Kindergarten version of the story'

It does not mean that the argument from historical record is incorrect