You guys are murdering the Lincoln I know.
He was ahead of his time. When the country was happy to settle with the Missouri Compromise he knew the issue of slavery would have to be resolved once and for all for the preservation of America. That's foresight.
"Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes his aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered--that of neither has been answered fully."
This is someone who understood the complexity of man and was very aware of the limits of his own knowledge.