Going Beyond the Constitution
Thomas S. Engeman, in Re-the Constitution view of Politics (Apr. 1982), Box B, Notre
Dame, Ind. 46556.
The secession crisis of 1861 forced Abraham Lincoln to choose whether to seize unconstitutional powers or to stand helpless as the union col- lapsed. He took the former course, raising troops and monies and sus- pending habeas corpus without congressional approval. But he was concerned the dilemma: "Is there in all republics this inherent and fatal weakness? Must a government.of necessity...