Dishonest Abe Lincoln

America's most revered politician dissembled, waffled, told racist stories and consorted with corrupt politicians -- all in his noble effort to free the slaves and save the Union

Politician, always a swear word in America, has now become a deadly insult -- though it is a little hard to understand why. Are we just learning that politicians say one thing to get elected and do something entirely different once they win? Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Roosevelt both promised to shrink the government's powers when campaigning, and both men expanded those powers as President. The politician is evasive if not duplicitous? The method of choosing candidates is arbitrary if not corrupt? The candidate hides his or her real views while trying to please diverse constituencies? All that has been true...

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