Comparing Wartime Presidents

George Bush: He’s no Abraham Lincoln!

On October 23, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C. for all military-related cases, even though Article I of the United States Constitution forbid it. “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.” Lincoln claimed his actions were taken in response to riots and local militias. However the United States Circuit Court ruled against the wartime President. What did Abraham Lincoln do? He ignored the ruling of the Court against his order.

Fearing the succession from the Union of Maryland, President Lincoln established de facto martial law in 1861, suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus and occupying the city of Baltimore with Federal troops. Fort McHenry became known as Baltimore’s Bastille because of the large number of legislators, civic leaders and Southern sympathizers imprisoned within. To prevent rebellion from the city, the “big guns” of the huge fort were turned around to point at the Baltimoreans.


When Abraham Lincoln’s time for reelection arrived in 1864, most political pundits were convinced that he would lose. The country was war weary and the Democratic Party’s nominee, George McClellan, was likely to negotiate a peace treaty with the Confederacy if elected. Lincoln’s own Republican Party had doubts about his chances too.

Late in the election season the outlook had become so bleak that Thurlow Weed wrote William H. Seward, “Ten or eleven days since, I told Mr Lincoln that his re-election was an impossibity…. The People are wild for Peace. They are told that the President will only listen to terms of Peace on condition Slavery be ‘abandoned.’


Abraham Lincoln demanded that slavery be ‘abandoned’? What a HARDHEAD! Yes, perhaps George W. Bush is an Abraham Lincoln, after all.

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