- Nov 24, 2014
He means the normal everyday operations of the legitimate Govt. And the upholding of the Laws of tbe United States will continue.
You answered your own question. It was rhe secessonists tbat crossed the line and initiated hostilities not Lincoln.
Here's a clue you apparently can't decipher on your own.
S. Carolina firing on a union fort is an act of treason/war.
No, they only claim they have left the Union. Lincoln and later the United States Supreme Court maintain they have not left the Union but are just in a State of rebellion / insurrection.
I seem to recall an armistice that was written to prevent President Lincoln from reinforcing the forts. If this was so, then President Lincoln initiated Civil War by showing up in warships...
S. Carolina firing on a fort that has never been commissioned, and in which a hostile if not AWOL Major and his 65 effectives have taken up residence in violation of an armistice... and against the wishes of the US Secretary of War...
would not be treason, nor war... It would be logical.
The US Supreme court has no jurisdiction to decide any such thing, nor does the executive... where are the articles to provide for that???