"Slaves were still being held in Texas under the authority of Lincoln after the war was over."
Interesting; where is the proof of this? I have never heard of this.
Lincoln initially supported Blacks moving to Liberia (voluntarily, I may add), because he saw no way for freed slaves to integrate into a society without tension. To quote, “[no point in freeing black Americans] and [keeping] them among us as underlings.”
Lincoln is the man who said this: “Let us discard all this quibbling about [this] race and that race and the other race being inferior… Let us discard all these things and unite as one people throughout this land until we shall once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal.”
"As well, at one point during the war the highest concentration of blacks still in slavery was in New York city."
Inaccurate. The true quote is that in the 19th century, Brooklyn had the highest concentration of slaves in any one particular county, at any one particular point in time, in the North .
"As one prominent individual pointed out 'this proclamation (Emancipation Proclamation) keeps slaves as slaves where we can reach them and frees them where we cannot.'"
Yes, because Lincoln couldn't. As President, what right did he have to simply abolish slavery in Union states? He could do it in states in rebellion as part of his war powers. Constitution-lovers should actually love this stance. Moreover, Lincoln worked with states like Missouri and Kentucky to abolish slavery using state measure and other federal actions. People like Thomas Woods, self-proclaimed Constitution lovers, forget this fact because it fits their view.
"As well, the 'Fugitive Slave Act' was in strong enforcement under Lincolns administration. A testament to his true nature on slavery."
This is a mark against Lincoln. However, he had to balance his views while trying to keep the Union together. It is the same thign he did when he said he didn't want to abolish slavery, even though his actions clearly showed he did. As President, you have different obligations; you have to serve the desires of your entire country, not just your own.
"Then there are the Douglass and Lincoln debates in Illinois."
What, the debate where Douglass agreed to end slavery, not because Blacks had the right to be free, but because he was willing to give them "charity" as he would a free peron? Douglas himself admitted that he didn't know what to do with Blacks once they were free...which was why it wasn't a big priority for him to end it. Plus, this was why Douglas was in favor of popular sovereingty while Lincoln called for a permanent end to slavery in every corner of the nation.
"I agree with Judge Douglas he is not my equal in many respects—certainly not in color, perhaps not in moral or intellectual endowment."
Note the use of the word perhaps.
"But in the right to eat the bread, without the leave of anybody else, which his own hand earns, he is my equal and the equal of Judge Douglas, and the equal of every living man."
"This declared indifference, but, as I must think, covert real zeal for the spread of slavery, I cannot but hate. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world—enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites—causes the real friends of freedom to doubt our sincerity, and especially because it forces so many really good men amongst ourselves into an open war with the very fundamental principles of civil liberty—criticizing the Declaration of Independence, and insisting that there is no right principle of action but self-interest"
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
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