"Since I know only a little about Lincoln and the Constitution, could I ask you to go more into this statement, perhaps suggest some reading? "It was Mr. Lincoln and his Galena, Illinois band of thugs (Elihu Washburne, Winfield Scott, David Hunter, Jesse Grant) that took advantage of that political atmosphere to change the Constitution."
I figured that this statement would draw questions. The primary source are the "Lincoln Papers". They used to be available on the internet some years ago out of a University of Michigan or Minnesota, but its been a long time since I looked at any of that.
It stems from the fact that General Winfield Scott had run for President in 1852 as the Whig Candidate and lost. Scott, Washburne, and Lincoln began organizing another political run with Lincoln's primary advisors being the the names I mentioned. I did make one misquote. The third party I stated was NOT David Hunter, It was Henry Halleck. David Hunter and Major Robert Anderson were 2nd level co conspirators under Winfield Scott. Washburne and Scott were the only two person who knew Lincoln's travel arrangement from Illinois to Washington to become President.
Scott as commanding General was able to put trusted people in place such as Anderson to Fort Moultrie to ignore President Buchannon's orders and occupy Fort Sumpter. Robert E. Lee was thought to be loyal also and why Winfield Scott forwarded his name (as a Lt. Colonel) to Lincoln for Command of the Union army in the field, after all of the higher ranking army Officers had resigned except Old General Wool. The Union Army was finally led in July 1861 buy a former Major McDowell.
I don't ask anyone to believe anything I say. In Fact I don't what you to. But if you want to find out the real reason for the war do a little research into the writings and letters of these men. It stinks to High Heaven of how Lincoln, in a field of 4 candidates, and who was not even on the ballots in some of the Southern States won 51% of all the ballots casted in all each of the northern States.