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Things that make you go hmm...

Things that make you go hmm...

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Read through this, i think you'll be surprised.

People had their doubts about the lanky, long-faced man, the lawyer turned politician. Even his friends admitted that "his ambition was a little engine that knew no rest." His first run for office was a notable failure.

In Congress, he voted repeatedly for big-ticket spending projects.

He was taunted for his nuanced dissent on the president's pre-emptive invasion of a foreign country, which he considered a threat to the Constitution. "If today he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us," he said, "how could you stop him?"

Certainty was not his strong suit. "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go," he said. "My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day."

He changed his mind often, defending himself by saying "the man who can't make a mistake can't make anything."

Nor did he seem like a warrior. He had been an officer in an earlier war, but he wasn't eager to commit troops to the present conflict. "Military glory," he said, was "the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood."

He was married to a rich woman who "could not restrain a witty, sarcastic speech that cut deeper than she intended."

He could be stiff, even unemotional. "Reason, cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason, must furnish all the materials for our future support and defense," was his motto.

A modern campaign of slurs, spins and propaganda would have had no trouble painting him as a flip-flopper, a friend of big government, lacking in what it takes to lead a divided nation in dangerous times.

Abraham Lincoln turned out to be a pretty good president.
  • i just wandered over here from the runners' community... i just had to comment on this because it's such a powerful statement, i wish i'd found it earlier so i could post a link from my journal to it -- even though i'm pretty sure most or all of my friends list is voting kerry.

    oh and i'm also training for the nyc marathon! good luck!!
    • Thanks:0) Best of luck to you too!! I'm so pumped! It's driving me nuts not to be running a lot this week...what a different story from when I started training way back!

      I've been one of t hose people that since 2000 has been saying "I told you so" everytime bush muffs something up....*sigh* I know I can't take another 4 years of this!
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