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Monday, April 14, 2008

 

Lincoln, Hero or Despot

Today, on April 14, 1865, while watching a performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater with his wife, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated from a gunshot wound to the back of the head at point-blank range by John Wilkes Booth.
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History has been very kind to Pres. Lincoln, but not so those who were his contemporaries in both the north and the south in the media and the body politic. Surely when news of the shooting spread, over half of the country celebrated.
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Today’s actions by the Democrat party and most of the media relative to Pres. Bush and the Iraq War and the War with Radical Islam is very similar to the environment Pres. Lincoln faced from 1861 until his death.
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Some of the key items of similar Democrat & Media focus then and now:
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* Disregard for the Constitution
Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus
Lincoln had war ships fire on the New York City draft rioters
Lincoln had Union Troops quell protesters in the north with deadly force
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* Disregard for the Press
News people arrested and organizations seized by Federal Troops:
NY Tribune; NY Express, NY Herald; NY Sun
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* Crimes against Humanity
Warfare launched against civilian populations in the Shenandoah Valley,
The siege of Vicksburg, the burning of Atlanta and the genocidal march
To the sea by Sherman.
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* Crimes against Rules of War
The inhumane treatment of prisoners at Union prison of war camps with
Rampant abuse and starvation.
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* No plan to win the war
The plan was to suffer tremendous casualties over four years with a revolving
List of generals, searching for a leader who could win by out-killing the opposition.
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* No exit strategy
The exit strategy was to WIN whatever it took, however long it took
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* No post victory (occupation) strategy
The post victory actions became a horrible legacy that endures today
A Reconstruction that resembled primeval survival of the fittest
The Posse Comitatus Act that enabled 150 years of the KKK terrorists
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* Totally ignoring the public (media) opinion
Lincoln’s answer to the public out-cry for stopping the slaughter:
"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right
as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in.”
Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural address
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Given how nicely historians have treated Pres. Lincoln, I wonder how history will view Pres. George Bush and his distracters.
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