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 Posted: Sun Apr 15th, 2012 05:33 pm
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marke wrote-Short time he had in office? He had over three months before Lincoln took office from the election of 1860. It wasn't until the '30s that the date of the Presidential Inauguration was moved to January 20th. From Washington's second inauguration through to FDR's second every elected president was sworn in March 4th unless the 4th fell on a Sunday. The entire first wave of secession happened on his watch. The Confederacy was formed while he was president. By saying Lincoln had the Constitutional duty to preserve the union then we also have to say Buchannon and the Constitutional duty to prevent it from happening. Most things I've seen have said that Buchannon decided to leave it up to Lincoln to handle. It's a little over two months since SC secedes before Lincoln is sworn in, 74 days in fact. That 118 days after the election. 74 days isn't exactly a short time.

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Have you every heard of a "lame duck" presidency? Because President Buchannan decides not to act upon succession, doesn't excuses him from his constitutional responsibilities to preserve the Union.

There is no "statues of limitations" upon constititutional crisis. Many President's have inherited the problems from the last administration, that they then must act upon. Given the speed of politicians...74 days of delay to dump the problem onto your political opponent doesn't seem such a long time in the political world.

Last edited on Sun Apr 15th, 2012 05:54 pm by ebg

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