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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Trump is a modern Lincoln

"The Party of Lincoln's nominee returned to the site of his greatest speech, to attack the faith in democratic government that Lincoln so carefully fostered" read the subheadline to Yoni Appelbaum's piece in the Atlantic.

How dare the Party of Slavery try to hijack the man who ended slavery! Trump will end our fealty to government.

From Appelbaum:
He began by invoking Lincoln’s fight against division, and framed his run as dedication to something larger than himself. “When I saw the trouble that our country was in, I knew I could not stand by and watch any longer. Our country has been so good to me, I love our country, and I felt I had to act.”
He proceeded to denounce the ways that Washington and Wall Street have “rigged the rules of the game against everyday Americans,” from the one in five households where no one has a job, to the inner cities. And he closed with a clear, bullet-pointed plan for action, as a contract with American voters, asking them “to rise above the noise and the clutter of our broken politics, and to embrace that great faith and optimism that has always been the central ingredient in the American character.”
In between, though, that optimism curdled into bitter resentment. Trump asked Americans not to trust the machinery of their democracy, raising the specter of massive voter fraud without offering evidence to sustain that charge. He said his rival “should have been precluded from running for the presidency of the United States,” doubling down on his criminalization of political difference. He denounced massive corruption, fulminating against his enemies, foreign and domestic.
The speech’s most remarkable passage, though, sounded both notes simultaneously. Trump inveighed against the concentration of power in media conglomerates, offering himself in the mold of earlier trust-busting presidents. But he singled out those outlets which have been personally critical of him, as well as the women whose stories they have aired, promising to sue them all. And he painted himself as a victim of elites, just as much as ordinary Americans. “If they can fight somebody like me, who has unlimited resources to fight back, just look at what they can do to you—your jobs, your security, your education, your health care, the violation of religious liberty, the theft of your Second Amendment, the loss of your factories, your homes, and much more.”
Trump sees big trouble for America and is running for president.

Which is exactly why Lincoln ran for president.

Exactly.

Lincoln had served a term in Congress in the 1840s, opposing the Mexican War. He was not a pacifist. He served as a captain in the Blackhawk War. But he worried rightly about expanding slavery westward.

But after two years in Washington, he went home to Illinois. He built his reputation as a lawyer. He won the historic Hurd v. Rock Island Bridge case, which made a transcontinental railroad possible, as well as the Almanac Murder case (defendant acquitted after Lincoln showed the star witness could not see at midnight as there was no full moon). He married well; Mary Todd's suitors included Stephen A. Douglas.

And yet, after the terrible Dred Scott decision, Lincoln left the law behind and spent two grueling years running for president despite the apparent shoo-in nomination for Establishment Favorite William Seward.

Lincoln gave all that stability away to stand up once and for all to slavery. He signed his death warrant by running. The horror of that reality drove his wife insane.

In Appelbaum's nasty attack on Trump, Appelbaum overlooks the Gettysburg Address itself, because Lincoln's finest speech makes Trump's case:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
All men are created equal. Giving Hillary a pass on her decades of criminality is a mockery of equality under the law.

Government of the PEOPLE --

By the PEOPLE --

For the PEOPLE!

We do not have that now. We have a federal government that regulates everything down to our toilet paper. It must be white. And not scented.

Appelbaum quoted TR: “We, the people, can preserve our liberty and our greatness in time of peace only by ourselves exercising the virtues of honesty, of self-restraint, and of fair dealing between man and man.”

Does anyone see any honesty or self-restraint from Hillary? Obama? Pelosi?

In condemning Trump for daring to appear at Gettysburg, Appelbaum and the Atlantic overlooked the absence of Obama, who refused to acknowledge the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's dedication in 2013.

But Obama has ignored all the 150th anniversaries connected to the Civil War. To him, that's white history; it doesn't count.

A fair press would have given Trump his due at Gettysburg, but we now have a government without a free press.

On November 8, Americans will determine if that continues.

The day America elected Obama, Lincoln wept. They were not tears of joy.

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14 comments:

  1. They're liars. Ignore them. Start hitting hard on Obamacare. People are being screwed by the system, and it all started with the creation of a cartelized monopoly/oligopoly with medical licensing.

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    1. The basic problem is privilege and the sale of it. Journalism used to be something where a guy could work his way up from the mail room to being an editor. The creation of journalism schools put an end to that and that's why we see such homogeneity in reporting with little or no alternative outlook. Being a journalist now is a purchased privilege, just like being a doctor or a teacher. The only difference with the medical and educational aspect is that the license gives protection and almost provides for a sinecure-like position with a good basic income. Getting positioned closer to government also provides many people with guaranteed pensions. How come these things are never discussed? The entire reason folks are so dissatisfied about things is because down deep they realize that some of us are privileged while they are not. They feel vulnerable. Populism is all about seizing upon this sense of vulnerability and capitalizing on it politically with hopes of achieving change. We can't go on simply reacting to progressive crap. We need to go on offense. Attacking privilege and the people who ignore or defend it at a personal level is the way to go.

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    2. "Does anyone see any honesty or self-restraint from Hillary? Obama? Pelosi?"
      Mean girls. It seems our political processes (and government generally) as well as media and popular culture have gone downhill since we've officially gotten women into high political positions.
      It's like the mean girls from junior high and high school have taken over.
      Hillary, Pelosi, Jarrett, Michelle, Boxer, Dowd, Silverman, Jackson-Lee, Feinstein, Maddow,, DeGeneres, Mikulski, Goldberg, Warren, Babs, ad nauseam.
      Mean girls.

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  2. Had family on -both sides at Gettysburg.
    It is the Dems that diminish the sacrifice
    -it wasn't always so, but now they aren't
    even for the old south. Islam is now the hot thing,
    but slavery is slavery and the Dems own it..

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  3. "Does anyone see any honesty or self-restraint from Hillary? Obama? Pelosi?" Don, you left out Dingy Harry Reid.

    Typical article from The Atlantic, one of the sources I do not trust.

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  4. It used to be Republicans would hijack Jack Kennedy and Roosevelt.

    Now Demos are hijacking Abe and Reagan.

    PS Abe was a tin-foil hat guy on the Mexican War. He was sure it was all a plot by the slavers.

    Nothing could have been further from the truth.

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  5. It took a civil war for Lincoln to accomplish his goal. If the country doesn't get back on track soon we may be facing another. - Elric

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    1. Gonna hang out the washing on the Secede line...

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  6. I read Trump's Gettysburg Address and thought it was better and more eloquent than any speech Obama has made over the last 8 years...with or without stuttering "if if if if if ... okey doke".

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  7. The Party of Slavery seeks to expand their writ to include ALL Americans.

    The Free Press is co-opted and becomes their enabler.

    The Party's candidate claims "I am not a crook" BEFORE the election rather than after, and leads in the polls.

    When did the American Story become less believable than a 1950s sci-fi movie plot line?

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    1. That's the "once-regarded-as-free press" Dave, before they were bought and paid for.

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  8. I may take some grief for this comment, but...I am so effing sick of having Liberal Jews lecture me. Liberal Jews have enjoyed all of the great things this country has provided, and yet, they still hate it.

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    1. " they still hate it."

      They don't hate it. But they do have a different idea of what it is or what it should be, one that differs greatly from yours and mine. And btw, I'm Jewish. I claim the best protection of everyone's freedom lies in the values of the Founding Fathers. I view the current Democrat Party as a dire threat to our liberty. I wish more of my co-religionists understood that. I wish my own sister understood that. Orthodox Jews do tend to understand it.

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    2. The Left HATES Israel. Doesn't like Jews.

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