Originally Posted by lolar2
It isn't for policy reasons. There wouldn't be any, of course, since little from back then is relevant to today's world. It's because Lincoln also was an Illinois State Senator, rose to the presidency relatively quickly, and was a very good public speaker.
Lincoln was first elected to the IL legislature in 1834 at age 24, relected in 1836, 1838 and 1940. In 1842 he does not seek re-election, but runs for US Senate in 1843, but fails in that bid. In 1846 he runs for US Representative and wins. In 1846 he leaves politcs to practice law. Runs (lobbies - appointment) for US Senate again in 1855 and 1859, but loses both times again.
In 1860 he wins US president with 40% of the vote (4 candidates ran)
I do not see any simularities between Lincoln's and Obama's climb to this office.
I certainly don't hope that it's Obama and Lincoln's policies that are being compared as Lincoln was just awful.
As for Lincoln, he was one of our worst presidents. At best he was a dictator.
He imprisoned citizens, members of the press, and even duly elected legislators and federal judges for nothing more than expressing concern over Lincoln’s interpretation of the Constitution.
Newspapers were shut down or threatened into compliance.
Armed military personnel were placed at ballot boxes to coerce the public into favorable voting decisions. And this was all in the union states.
In the South, things were much worse.
Union army soldiers entered towns that had not a single soldier from the Confederacy, but pleny of women, children, and the elderly. These soldiers burned down almost all civilian dwellings, stole everything of any perceived wealth, slaughtered livestock and took grain for soldier consumption (when they were no longer hungry or in need of provisions, they simply killed the rest of the livestock and left the carcasses on the side of the road, and scattered the grains to the wind), murdered innocent civilians, raped women and left those that remained alive without shelter, clothing or a scrap of food at the onset of winter.
(Some above text was copied, pasted and editted from another website and I am simply not that succinct. My text would take up pages and pages of outlining his failings as a president. However, it is in no way a complete and full picture of Lincoln's crimes against American citizens)
Why people commonly hold him up as one of our best presidents is utterly bewildering.
Back to the OP --- FDR New Deal didn't work then, I highly doubt it going to work now. It took WWII to get America out of the Depression.
Today's unemployment numbers are greatly skewed, they do not take info account those who have exhasuted benefits, have taken part time jobs because they simply can't find a full time job, nor does it account for those who have started their own businesses because they can not find full time employement.
Not too mention that the population at time did not have the levels of personal debt families now have.
Additionally, the level of debt the US gov't has is also greatly unreported. It doesn't count for the interest the gov't pays our creditors, nor does it account for the actual value of social payments the US has committed itself to in the form of Social Security and Medicare/ Medicaid.
I try and have some hope, stay positive but it's awfully hard when reality busts back in the door.