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#16.) Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) (1st Republican) “The national banking system is proving to be acceptable to capitalists and to the people. Changes from State systems to the national system are rapidly taking place, and it is hoped that very soon there will be in the US no banks of issue not authorized by Congress and no bank-note circulation not secured by the Government. That the Government and the people will derive great benefit from this change in the banking systems of the country can hardly be questioned. The national system will create a reliable and permanent influence in support of the national credit and protect the people against losses in the use of paper money. It seems quite clear that the Treasury cannot be satisfactorily conducted unless the Government can exercise a restraining power over the bank-note circulation of the country. --The public purpose to reestablish and maintain the national authority is unchanged, and, as we believe, unchangeable. The manner of continuing the effort remains to choose. On careful consideration of all the evidence accessible it seems to me that no attempt at negotiation with the insurgent leader could result in any good. He would accept nothing short of severance of the Union, precisely what we will not and cannot give. His declarations to this effect are explicit and oft repeated. He does not attempt to deceive us. He cannot voluntarily reaccept the Union; we cannot voluntarily yield it. Between him and us the issue is distinct, simple, and inflexible. If we yield, we are beaten; if the Southern people fail him, he is beaten. Either way it would be the victory and defeat following war. What is true of he who heads the insurgent cause is not necessarily true of those who follow. Although he cannot reaccept the Union, they can. Alter so much the Government could not, if it would, maintain war against them. The people would not allow it.” Source: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=29505

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---Excerpt from The Last Mutineers Volume 1: 'Prequel'--- For you see, the rebel faction does not take Proditor’s plane to the intended secret bunker. Instead, it lands on a highway in St. Louis, Missouri right next to the Gateway Arch. Shortly after landing, Proditor is dragged out into the street and beaten to near inches of his life by the crowds of distraught citizens. The citizens whale on Proditor with chains, crowbars, and their fists. Effectively breaking his bones and causing irreversible bodily damage as they unleash their pent-up rage. Let us just say the citizen execution of Muammar al-Gaddafi pales in comparison to that of President Proditor. Before Proditor dies–while he is still barely breathing and covered in his own blood–the rebels drag Proditor to the arch. They proceed to tie a rope around his neck before slowly raising him up into the air. The sun just beginning to set as they raise his body into the twilight sky. With his life quickly draining from him, Proditor peers out into the beautiful sunset with his bulging, bloodshot eyes one last time before expiring forever. Just after Proditor lets out his final gasp and his eyes begin to glaze over, his body begins gently swaying with the breeze coming off of the Mississippi River. It is truly an iconic moment. Just the sight of Proditor hanging from the Gateway Arch is a vision of pure beauty for the People. For not only is the arch a symbol of American Expansion, it is now a symbol of American Freedom. To the People, Proditor’s execution is a total victory for the Union. A Union they have successfully saved, or so they think. For even though most of the victorious citizens feel optimistic about their victory, they all have that inkling of fear eating away at their sanity. Because not one of them have any idea as to what will possibly happen next…

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