Congressman Ron Paul (R. Pluto) is running for President again, and I assume his views on the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln haven’t altered since this interview which took place in 2007. I will leave to other venues debates as to Ron Paul and his stance on current issues. I would merely note that in regard to the Civil War he appears to be singularly ill-informed. According to Mr. Paul the entire Civil War could have been avoided with a plan for compensated emancipation. Now if only Abraham Lincoln had thought of that! Wait, he did!
Abraham Lincoln was in favor of compensated emancipaction from the 1840s, a stance that he held to through the Civil War, a fact which appears to elude Mr. Paul. Here is an excellent article on Mr. Lincoln and compensated emancipation. Lincoln offered compensated emancipation time and time again, the last time being at the Hampton Roads Peace Conference on February 3, 1865, when the Confederacy was clearly almost defeated. His proposal was rejected by the Confederates. The simple fact is that neither slave holders in the Confederacy nor in the border states had any interest in compensated emancipation. I hope if this subject comes up again during this campaign that someone will take the opportunity to correct Mr. Paul’s vast ignorance in this area.