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President Trump and the Cause of the Civil War

As critics scoff at President Trump's recent remarks suggesting an Andrew Jackson presidency might have prevented the Civil War, Dr. Tracy McKenzie points out the fairness of suggesting that the Civil War may not have been inevitable. But he also argues that the current president's stirring of the people's passions against the government would have been more likely to fuel than abate civil war.

Charity and Civility in a Political Speech?! An Example from Abraham Lincoln

"Each party portrays the other as a combination of evil leaders and stupid followers. What is destroyed in these characterizations is the possibility of what political scientists call 'persuasive engagement...'" Lamenting the bullying and attacks of this year's electoral rhetoric on all sides, Dr. McKenzie uses Lincoln as a model for respecting others through serious disagreement.

Lincoln on the Role of the President

"We look to the president to be our political savior. The founders’ understanding of the office was rather more modest." With help from Abraham Lincoln's words in defense of then-presidential candidate Zachary Taylor, Dr. Tracy McKenzie helps us see how our Founders envisioned a limited, executive role for the president.