But to each man, what mattered was the idol of national--that is, territorial--union, regardless of the wishes of the people.
And in the United States, as well as in Prussia, one man was the government.
Lincoln also opposed free trade with a crude version of the labor theory of value, saying, "To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly as possible, is a most worthy object of any good government." In Abraham Lincoln, the party of protectionism and privilege found its hope of breaking the decades-old resistance to mercantilist schemes.
In Prussia during the revolutionary year of 1848, the king acquiesced to the demand for a constitution, an elected parliament, and the creation of citizen militias.
The infamous Ems telegram, like the manipulation of the Fort Sumter issue, was a duplicitous communication purposely designed to incite war.
In fact, Bismarck later stated that "Success essentially depends upon the impression which the origination of the war makes upon us and others; it is important that we should be the party attacked." Being the aggressor would have rallied opposition against Prussia.
Lincoln, too, invented a similar ruse to discover several previously unheard-of presidential powers that had lain dormant, or so he claimed.