Learn Our History Today: On November 8, 1864, during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was re-elected as President of the United States. Although the country was in the throngs of its deadliest war, a time when strong, continuous leadership was definitely needed, it was never guaranteed that Lincoln would be reelected. Although today he is revered as one of the finest American Presidents, in 1864, the Civil War had raged for three years and hundreds of thousands of soldiers had been killed or wounded. Needless to say, his approval rating was at one of its lowest points. Lincoln’s opponent in the election was democrat George B. McClellan, the former commander of the Army of the Potomac and the victor of Antietam. He ran on a platform that promised reconciliation and a treaty with the south, ending the brutal war. To many people at the time this was not as terrible as it sounds, especially since the most recent battles at the Wilderness and Cold Harbor had been bloodbaths that had resulted in extremely lopsided Union casualties. For a while, it looked as if McClellan had pulled ahead, but with the taking of the key Confederate city of Atlanta by General William T. Sherman in September 1864, the war looked winnable again and public opinion swayed back towards Lincoln. When Election Day came, Lincoln carried all but three states.
Random: We often don’t know whether current laws will be positive or negative in the long run. Some of the best plans have turned out to be disasters while others looked like failure but turned out to be great success. We have the luxury of looking at the civil war with the outcome. Voters then did not. Currently we face the issue of health insurance. We don’t know if it Obamacare will work or not. What we do need is strong leadership. If the President and his staff would stand up and be honest it would certainly help.