The Scolai

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Lincoln and Bush

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  Do you ever wonder why we have a “Commander in Chief” instead of “Commanders in Chief”? It is because one man must gather all the available facts, one man must make a decision, and one man must LEAD. Leadership does not involve listening to your critics and bending to their will, leadership does not mean allowing yourself to be influenced by opinion polls that are skewed by the poll takers, and leadership does not mean quitting when the stakes go higher than you expected. Leadership, is standing in the gap, leadership, is pointing people in the right direction and putting a foot in the ass of the recalcitrant, and leadership is staying the course until the battle is won regardless of personal attacks, public opinion or political winds.

The White House today is occupied by a Leader.

Today I watched a History Channel production entitled “The Presidents.” As I watched the profile of Abraham Lincoln, I was struck by the resemblance of congressional actions in 1864 and those of a congress seated nearly 142 years later. Congressional Democrats in election year 1864 attacked Lincoln for being a despot, a liar, tyrannical, and a braggart to name a few. They derided his administration as ignorant, incompetent, corrupt, and counted on the war weariness of the American people to put them back into power. The “Peace Platform” of the Democrat party circa 1864, called for an immediate cease fire with Confederate forces as it was clear to them the Union was losing and casualties were too high.

 Think back if you will, to election year 2006. Nancy Pelosi, Jim Murtha, Madame Clinton, Joe “The Plagiarist” Biden, and any other Democrat able to get their name in the paper or 15 seconds on television, was calling George Bush what?A tyrannical, lying, despot; going back further, they dismissed his landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln as mere braggadocio. His administration is called corrupt and illegitimate, and the President himself is called ignorant and incompetent by his political detractors. Today’s Democrat party, just as their ancestors did, are calling for a dishonorable end to hostilities and using every dishonorable means at their disposal to achieve their dishonorable objectives.

President Abraham Lincoln remained unmoved by the shrill whining of his critics, both inside and outside his party.
Lincoln was told that issuing the “Emancipation Proclamation” would be the end of his presidency.  In the face of Democrat engineered draft riots in New York City, Lincoln ordered a “Troop Surge”, realizing that the South could only be defeated through attrition and overwhelming force. When “Uncle Billy” Sherman sought permission to burn Atlanta , and undertake a murderous “march to the sea”, Lincoln gave his support realizing that “total war” would help to end hostilities. When critics of the high casualty rate of the Army of the Potomac called for the firing of US Grant, Lincoln did not poll his cabinet and congressional leadership for their opinions; he took council with his conscience and replied: “I cannot spare this man, he fights.”

Today, as George Bush seeks to protect the citizens of this country from the very real threats facing us, he is beset by critics on all sides. The recent non-binding resolution is a terrific example of politics and defeatism on the part of Democrats and Liberal Republicans. I have my differences with President Bush on immigration issues and I think his treatment of Border Agents Ramos and Compean is shameful, but his commitment to the war on terror cannot be denied. Those behind the non binding resolution are looking for political gain without political cost. They seek to be seen as enlightened purveyors of peace, yet offer no constructive alternatives to the Bush plan. It would be foolish to think that terrorists are not, at the very least, seeing the benefits of playing a waiting game.  

It was said recently that President Bush must now take the council of congress, and adopt congressional ideas for the prosecution of the war on terror. To his credit, he has stated his plans will continue unabated. If Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid want an end to the current hostilities, let them deny funding, see the United States suffer a devastating defeat at the hands of people who want to kill us, and live with the consequences. President Bush has a choice to make, either continue to lead, or do what seems popular and politically expedient. A very great man once said that when all are against you “Screw your shoes to the floor and STAND!” I hope that Bush will continue to stay the course until victory is won or until Congressional Democrats are forced to show their true anti-American colors.

Its amazing how history repeats itself, be glad, as far as the war on terror is concerned, we have a history major in the White House.



Written by thescolai

February 18, 2007 at 10:28 am

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  1. I am sure Bush will soon suspend the Writ of Habeus Corpus, imprison political opposition, and find a general willing to roll through the south and slaughter hundreds of thousands of enemies in Atlanta… ooops… I mean Tehran.

    I prefer the reasoned and pragmatic approach of a much more recent Republican. Ronald Reagan.

    Or perhaps you want to argue with the Gipper – and think that the Evil Islamofascist empire of doom with no means of actually destorying us is more of a threat than the mighty Soviet Empire with it’s thousands and thousands of Nuclear Weapons.

    “…… the ultimate determinant in the struggle that’s now going on in the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas, a trial of spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the ideals to which we are dedicated. “


    February 18, 2007 at 10:38 am

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