Letter: Praise of Lincoln ignores key facts from history

Pat Corcoran


The editorial from the South Bend Tribune about President Abraham Lincoln being a moral model (Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 29-30, 2012) is commendable in complimenting our 16th president but too much leeway is taken with history.

Lincoln suspended habeas corpus — the right of a citizen to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as a protection against illegal imprisonment. How is that principled? It may have been what was needed at the time, but where were all the other principled attorneys with their lawsuits to protect our legal system and thereby America’s citizens?

The commentary references “far-right Republicans” but says nary a word about the socialist wing of the Democrat Party. I guess it’s up to the newspaper’s readers to discern that point for themselves.

There are only three things that I have in common with South Bend: We’re both Americans, Hoosiers and we both read a Tribune.


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