According to Bill O’Reilly, who has written a book about Lincoln, he is. But that’s HIS opinion, but not necessarily anyone else’s. It all depends on how a person is perceived by others.
Come on down South, Bill, and you’ll probably get another opinion all together.
I’m including parts of articles written about Lincoln. This is one of them written by a historian:
As dispassionately as I can say, Lincoln was a great politician, but not a great statesman. He looked after the interests of his party, above and beyond the interests of his country. He was one of America’s greatest rhetoricians, but not its greatest political philosopher. The man could turn a phrase.
On the other hand, he launched the war which killed more Americans than all others put together. He ran roughshod over the limits the Constitution placed on the Federal government. One of his leading motivations, in his own words, was to protect Federal revenues and northern Republican business interests. He ordered the arrest of members of a state legislature before they could even commit the crime of voting the wrong way. He ordered the arrest and banishment of a (northern, US) political opponent for what he said. He ordered the closing of newspapers because of what they printed. He committed these acts in order to preserve the Union, which is not a bad thing, but his means do not justify his ends. I tend to agree with John Randolph of Roanoke, who said “It was always my opinion that Union was the means of securing the safety, liberty, and welfare of the confederacy, and not in itself an end to which these should be sacrificed.”
The bottom line is that Lincoln’s legacy in not an unmixed one.
In Lincoln’s own words:
Originally Posted by Abraham Lincoln, September 18, 1858
“I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, -that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people.”
Originally Posted by Abraham Lincoln, October 7, 1858
“I will say then, that I am not nor never have been in favor of bringing about in any way, the social and political equality of the white and black races; that I am not nor never have been in favor of making voters of the free negroes, or jurors, or qualifying them to hold office, or having them to marry with white people. I will say in addition, that there is a physical difference between the white and black races, which, I suppose, will forever forbid the two races living together upon terms of social and political equality, and inasmuch as they cannot so live, that while they do remain together, there must be the position of superior and inferior, that I as much as any other white man am in favor of the superior position being assigned to the white man.”
Originally Posted by Abraham Lincoln, September 16, 1859, Columbus, Ohio
“I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races–that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, or intermarry with white people.”
So it’s up to YOU to decide if Lincoln was our greatest President. In my not-so-humble opinion – NO!!!