Lincoln was the true father of centralized government power and statism in America. From Thomas DiLorenzo at lewrockwell.com:
The Democrat party hopes to add Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico as the 51st and 52nd states of the American union. Since both are completely dominated by Leftist politics and politicians, that would guarantee four more Democrat senators, additional Democrat members of Congress, and additional guaranteed Democrat electoral college votes in future presidential elections. If they succeed, they may well give up all of their belly aching and complaining about the electoral college and threats of abolishing it. It will become yet another constitutional rubber stamp of approval for any and all acts of governmental tyranny.
If the Democrats, who I prefer to label Demo-Bolsheviks succeed, they will be following a precedent established by Lincoln and the Republicans during the War to Prevent Southern Independence. Lincoln first orchestrated the addition of the last slave state to enter the union – West Virginia. His policy was always that any state could keep its slaves as long as its citizens kept paying federal taxes and obeying Washington, D.C.’s dictates, especially those that called for higher taxes. West Virginia was explicitly exempted from the Emancipation Proclamation right in the text of the documnt, as were all other areas of the South where the Union Army was in control at the time. This guaranteed that the Proclamation would emancipate no one.
The way in which West Virginia was created was blatantly unconstitutional, but then so was nearly everything else Lincoln did, from shutting down opposition newspapers in the North, imprisoning newspaper editors and owners, suspending the writ of habeas corpus and mass arresting and imprisoning without due process tens of thousands of Northern-state political dissenters, and committing treason by invading the South. Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution defines treason as “only” levying war upon “the United States” or giving aid and comfort to “their enemies (emphasis added). The word “their” signifies “United States” is in the plural, meaning the individual, free and independent states — as they are called in the Declaration of Independence — and not something called “The United States government in Washington, D.C.” Lincoln’s levying war upon the Southern states was the precise definition of treason in the U.S. Constitution.