Lincoln is a popular president in much of this country because he's seen as the driving force to end slavery. the fact that he broke laws, ignored the constitution, broke the country, and caused the death of 100's of thousands of people, is forgiven because he did the right moral thing in the eyes of most people.
today, Biden is talking about the possibility of executive action on gun control. this would be the latest in a number of end runs around congress and the constitution. so far, he has gotten away with all that he's done. Biden said that this is a moral issue and that "it's critically important that we act."
probably none of us would disagree that there are times when the law must be broken for a moral reason. there are countless examples of individuals and groups breaking the laws of oppressive governments. our own country was formed that way.
i can think of no case where it has been to the advantage of the people for the government to break the law and act without the consent of the people. there might be the odd case of assassination, or covert op, but no case of the government breaking the laws that govern the general population, comes to mind.
in fact, it was to guard against this very type of action that the founding fathers thought the population should be armed. it is also the reason the military takes it oath 1st to the constitution and not to the government leaders.
this president likes being compared to Lincoln. by observation of his actions, we know what he most admires about Lincoln. Lincoln made a moral decision and has been praised for it ever since. this is the danger of allowing moral decisions in lieu of legal decisions. it is, in fact, why we have laws. they guard against government by whim. obamas morality is not mine, and not legal.
we may have decisions to make in the near future. as individuals, we have the right and duty to follow our moral code...understanding that if we break the law, we pay the price. we have the duty to make sure that the government CAN NOT follow a moral code of it's own making.