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  •  Civil War analogy (4.00)
    (I posted this on Georgia10's diary as well. I don't normally repeat comments, but I'm kinda proud of this one, and I want it far and wide. :) )

    This may very well be our Antietam.

    For those of you who don't catch the reference, Lincoln had drawn up the Emancipation Proclamation in the summer/fall of 1862. He wanted to put it forward immediately, but Secretary of State Seward convinced him to hold off until a Union victory. At the battle of Antietam, McClellan battled Lee for a razor-thin victory, giving Lincoln the military win he felt necessary. So he then released the Proclamation, effective January 1, 1863.

    The Proclamation was more toothless than we think - it only freed the slaves in Union-held territory, and it didn't specifically outlaw slavery - but the gesture (and the close victory at Antietam) kept Great Britain and France from suing for peace on behalf of the Confederacy.

    This isn't everything we wanted. It may not even be a majority of what we wanted. It's a narrow, narrow margin of victory - BUT IT IS A VICTORY. The Senate, like the Union in 1862, lives to fight another day.

    After the Proclamation entered into the equation, the moral tone of the Civil War changed. No more was it about rebellion; now it was about freeing people from the yoke of oppression. Our job now, no matter what we personally think of the deal, is to do whatever it takes to change the moral tone of the debate. It is in this way - through the highs and the lows, the victories and defeats - that we will ultimately emerge victorious.

    We've had our Antietam. We will lose again and win again. We will have our Gettysburg. And on that day, though the fight will be hard, we will stand and hold the high ground. Sometime after that, we will have our Appomattox.

    And possibly someday, Ken Burns IV will make a lengthy multi-part PBS movie about it.

    WF

    Walk In Brain - the finest blogging in my apartment building.

    by Wes F on Mon May 23, 2005 at 07:29:08 PM PDT

    •  I appreciate a good speech.. (none)
      ..and you're a romantic for it, but...

      well, no buts...maybe we need a couple of victory laps, imaginary or not...

      maybe the dogs of war, the real hordes of religio fanatics will be upon us now though, and this will mark the beginning..either way, it's a victory, however small, against those tyrannous dogs..

      Jesus: Destroy this temple - Gospel of John

      by The Gnostic on Mon May 23, 2005 at 07:44:21 PM PDT

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