Wall Street Journal
 
From: scottd23146@verizon.net
 
Letters to the Editor, Friday, February 21, 2009, quote:
 
"Whatever the virtue of cause, President Lincoln wrote a forced acceptance of the federal government over the sovereignty of statehood in blood that stains us still."

and, the entire letter:
 
He Changed Federal/State Balance
 
At the risk of upsetting small children everywhere, holding dreamscape views of stovepipe hats and brilliant speeches scrawled at battlefields upon the backs of envelopes, I must call to task this reverence of President Abraham Lincoln ("Why America Celebrates Lincoln," by Walter Berns, op-ed, Feb. 17).
 
Of his character, faith, courage and conviction there is no question, here or elsewhere. But, ironically, no other leader in our history unleashed so great a tide in so short a time against the concept of the consent of the governed.
 
Whatever the virtue of cause, President Lincoln wrote a forced acceptance of the federal government over the sovereignty of statehood in blood that stains us still. To quote Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address, "All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government." Why can’t states withdraw from this union if they no longer agree with the direction of its common cause? We support self-determination around the globe.
 
The aim isn’t to tarnish the glow of the man from Illinois. But if freedom be our cause, far better to celebrate George Washington, who accepted no public emolument more than reimbursement of expenses, a stark contrast to our leaders today. Or our greatest champion of freedom, Thomas Jefferson, who called passing debt to the next generation "immoral."
 
Tim Quast
Reno, Nev.