I read an article on fox news, in the article some historian's argue that Lincoln, was a big government proponent, comparing Lincoln to Barack Obama. I’ve read a little about Lincoln, and found nothing to indicate he was a closet liberal big government proponent. Such revisionism is preposterous, and disingenuous. Lincoln did preside over the largest increase in government up to his time, however to claim he increased government for any other reason than to preserve the union, is out of touch with reality. Lincoln once said "If I could preserve the Union by freeing all the slave's I would, if I could preserve the Union by freeing none of the slaves, I would do that"
My point is Lincoln grew government in order to preserve the Union.
Obama grows government for political power, and to preserve his immaculate perception.
If you’d like a more accurate 20th century comparo of historical figures read these points written by some fine early century socialist thinker's.
1. We demand that the State shall above all undertake to ensure that every citizen shall have the possibility of living decently and earning a livelihood.
2. All citizens must possess equal rights and duties.
3. The first duty of every citizen must be to work mentally or physically. No individual shall do any work that offends against the interest of the community to the benefit of all.
Therefore we demand:
4. That all unearned income, and all income that does not arise from work, be abolished.
5. Since every war imposes on the people fearful sacrifices in blood and treasure, all personal profit arising from the war must be regarded as treason to the people. We therefore demand the total confiscation of all war profits.
6. We demand the nationalization of all trusts.
7. We demand profit-sharing in large industries.
8. We demand a generous increase in old-age pensions.
9. We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle-class, the immediate communalization of large stores which will be rented cheaply to small tradespeople, and the strongest consideration must be given to ensure that small traders shall deliver the supplies needed by the State, the provinces and municipalities.
10. We demand an agrarian reform in accordance with our national requirements, and the enactment of a law to expropriate the owners without compensation of any land needed for the common purpose. The abolition of ground rents, and the prohibition of all speculation in land.
11. In order to make it possible for every capable and industrious People to obtain higher education, and thus the opportunity to reach into positions of leadership, the State must assume the responsibility of organizing thoroughly the entire cultural system of the people. The curricula of all educational establishments shall be adapted to practical life. The conception of the State Idea (science of citizenship) must be taught in the schools from the very beginning. We demand that specially talented children of poor parents, whatever their station or occupation, be educated at the expense of the State.
12. The State has the duty to help raise the standard of national health by providing maternity welfare centers, by prohibiting juvenile labor, by increasing physical fitness through the introduction of compulsory games and gymnastics, and by the greatest possible encouragement of associations concerned with the physical education of the young.
13. We demand that there be a legal campaign against those who propagate deliberate political lies and disseminate them through the press.
14. In order to carry out this program we demand: the creation of a strong central authority in the State, the unconditional authority by the political central parliament of the whole State and all its organizations.
The formation of professional committees and of committees representing the several estates of the realm, to ensure that the laws promulgated by the central authority shall be carried out by the federal states.
The leaders of the party undertake to promote the execution of the foregoing points at all costs, if necessary.
Sound familiar to anyone?