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  •  Lincoln, too, in every particular (0+ / 0-)

    Sought to avoid war and partisan strife and yet received it.

    He should to avoid radical departure from convention, even at cost of respect from his own supporters. Yet the times compelled him, not in all ways but to make stands that matter.

    My point is that none of us get to define greatness ahead of time. It must be made from scratch, every time.

    •  That statement is simply not true (1+ / 0-)
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      Lincoln rejected certain entreaties from southern leaders/compromisers in the period between election and taking office.

      Lincoln didn't AVOID the war. He did make sure when it happened he was on sound legal ground and that the South were the aggressors.

      An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

      by mightymouse on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 07:44:45 AM PDT

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      •  Rejected certain entreaties... (0+ / 0-)

        I gather his inauguration address is of no account?

        It was a Dear South Please Don't Go Open Letter

        "We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
        But maybe so-called Honest Abe was just a big fat liar when he said that.
        •  sure, he was a great speaker (0+ / 0-)

          but he didn't compromise away his position.

          he could have NOT supplied Fort Sumter, you know? but he did, and south attacked, and there you go.

          An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

          by mightymouse on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 08:22:47 AM PDT

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