Constantly, I've heard the racism of Thomas Jefferson or Jefferson Davis explained away by "they were a produce of their times". Yet, both not only tolerated slavery, but actively protected it.
Not only does Lincoln apparently not get the benefit of his views being put into the context of his time, but under Lincoln, slavery was ultimately abolished in the United States. And Lincoln was a major factor in getting that done.
Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:
Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a