I wonder, just as an aside, how folk in another 300 years and from a different culture, perhaps after America has unrecogizably changed, would view Abraham Lincoln.
He did not win the popular vote.
I know, a lot of other presidents did not win the popular vote either.
Those that voted for him, nonetheless, knew that it would mean war if he was elected.
Yet here was this self taught lawyer (no law school of Bar exams in those days, you just hung out your shingle) in a country whose constitution did not and does not provide for the use of force to maintain the Union, maintaining the Union by force.
If the constitution does actually provide for the mainteneance of the union by force, do let me know, because I have missed a few (ie; many) things lately.
Now I put this forward along with the presidency of Grant. perhaps, as examples of people who held this country together by force.
If one were to stretch a bit, Hitler (who was a bestial maniac, but not stupid) said upon the signing of the treaty ending the Battle of France in 1940,the Battle of France is now over, 26 years later".
History judges such men in ways that cannot easily be foreseen.
If Hitler had not been evilly inspired on his course of multi racial genocide, and actually did sucessfully unite Europe, by force, as might well have happened if the US stayed on the sidelines, how would he be viewed in 200 years.
The French view Bonaparte as their greatest soldier, yet -----well you can intuit the rest of what's coming.
A contemporary cartoon from "Punch" shows him falling because of one leg in Spain and one leg in Russia. I tink the egos of both men were so large that it was not to be expected that they intended to limit their gains at a point where the other nations of the world might have actually continued to stand by. Of course the US stayed neutral in the Napoleonic wars. At the time, I don't think we would have been a factor.
So. pardon the lack of deep scholarship here and let me know what you think.
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