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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

With malice toward none

Instead of pouring the Gatorade down Donald Trump's back last night, his supporters were subdued and a little stunned by Ted Cruz's exit. Indiana was his last stand and he went out with a fiery speech and a promise to come back.

Good for him.

As was expected, there was a little butt-hurt and sanctimony on Twitter this morning from the Never Trump crowd. People are human.

I was sickened by the Antisemitism aimed at some Never Trumpers (even Christians were not spared), and in the case of Jonah Goldberg remarks about his late brother. People can be inhumane as well, and we should never accept that.

This is the Party of Lincoln, and we must put in perspective the last few months. We have not experienced even a teaspoon of the flood that nearly wiped out America more than 150 years ago. On March 4, 1865, Lincoln faced a sea of mud and water, physically, when he gave his second inaugural speech to thousands of supporters.

The nation had just lost 2% of its population -- almost all of them a generation of young men -- to a bloody and needless civil war, which was totally avoidable. I blame James Buchanan's incompetence, and the calcification of a Supreme Court and a Congress dominated by the South.

Lincoln had every right to demand reparations and restitution from the South. He did not:
AT this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.
On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war — seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.
One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it.
Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. 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.
The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
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, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
If Lincoln in his wisdom could turn to God and seek guidance, and then follow that guidance and forgive, then so should we who believe Donald John Trump should be president.

We must also respect the right of Never Trump to follow their consciences and not vote for him. They will be missed, but the essential converts are the millions now in Clinton's column. Politics is simple arithmetic.

On my side, I suggest whatever list of names you have for remembrance, you destroy immediately. It's not worth it. Savor victory.

But the time for Gatorade is the night of November 8 -- or the early morning of November 9. Let his two eldest sons and Corey Lewandowski lift the barrel -- and let it be orange. Own the pejorative in politics.


  1. "In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill." - Winston S. Churchill, on attitude. Churchill was of the same mold as Lincoln.

    And that is good advice for both Team Trump and Team Cruz. It's time to start working together again the vile, evil HRC. The Republican Party CAN heal the wounds if it will try. I'm in. - Elric

    1. Trump didn't support the Iraq war, Clinton did.

      There's something surreal about the Rep rather than the Dem being the "War! What is it good for?" candidate.

      Additionally, the fear-of-missing-out will bring most of the Never-Trumpers onboard, and as for those who it doesn't? What was it Mario Puzo wrote about not hating your enemies because it affects your judgement? Well, who needs a Never-Trumper holdout whose judgment is THAT bad?

  2. I wonder if the NeverTrump money men will continue to run negative ads against him? Erik Erickson has already equated Trump with David Duke and Edwin Edwards, therefore equating Trump with the KKK.

    These so-called True Conservatives remind me of Jacobins in that they can brook no deviation from their ideal of True Conservatism. Trump doesn't meet their standards so he must be destroyed. They care not for the millions of, in their view mis-guided, people who voted for him.

    1. Much of the #NeverTrump appears - to me - to be concentrate in those ho opine for a living. Such an existence makes it easy to put down lines in the sand. The internet adds its own twist by making extreme declarations cheap - when your teeth are not actually on the line for your utterances many more regrettable things get uttered.

      I think most politicians will come about, without enthusiasm perhaps, but they will come about.

      - Mikey NTH

  3. "Trust, but verify" seems to be a reasonable middle-course to take with the vanquished NeverTrumpers.

  4. Er -- how was Lincoln rewarded for his charitable spirit?

  5. Some of the NeverTrumpers are just haters. Some know a change is coming and their cushy life is going to change.

    The best of the Cruz supporters will realize - if they don't already - the real enemy is Hillary.

    Some on both sides just need to grow up.

  6. Some of the NeverTrumpers are just haters. Some know a change is coming and their cushy life is going to change.

    The best of the Cruz supporters will realize - if they don't already - the real enemy is Hillary.

    Some on both sides just need to grow up.

  7. Many a Southerner wept at the news of Lincoln's assassination.

  8. "Pres. Lincoln quoted the Bible twice: Matthew 18:7 and Psalm 19:9. Chief Justice Chase pointed out later that, for his oath, Lincoln had opened the Bible to the fifth chapter of Isaiah in which verses 27-28 were marked with pencil. It’s easy to see why that entire passage, and those two verses especially, were on Lincoln’s mind as he was concluding his first term in office, the country was entering the fifth Spring of the war, and Lincoln finally felt sure its end was near."