Published on August 27, 2014
Page 2 ! ! ! President Lincoln has suspended our right to habeas corpus. Habeas Corpus is latin, and it literally means “You shall have the body”. It is the right of all Americans to be brought before a judge or into court for a trial. With this right suspended, the people are no longer given a trial, and are instead immediately taken to jail. In fact, this has already happened, to a man named John Merryman. Merryman was a 1st lieutenant of the Baltimore County Horse Guards, politician, and thorn in Lincoln’s side. He also petitioned against many of the things Lincoln did, including Habeas Corpus. He was arrested on May 25, 1861, in his house by Union troops. He has since been detained Fort McHenry. While this may seem like an extreme measure, and many people will disagree with Lincoln and myself, sometimes extreme measures have to be taken to preserve our freedom. If Lincoln didn’t do this, the border states could secede, and with their secession, D.C. would fall. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !