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  •  This is consistent with Obama's rhetoric (4+ / 0-)

    about Lincoln ordering that Confederate soldiers go unpunished.  I find it is never popular here to point out Obama's signals on this.  True, he has also made some statements about lawbreaking should not go unpunished -- but those statements are far less publicly emphasized than the his amnesty-oriented pronouncements, IMO.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 04:05:39 PM PST

    •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

      Wouldn't the equivalent of confederate soldiers be Afghani and Iraqi footsoldiers?

      •  Oh sure, nothing whatsoever (0+ / 0-)

        to do with bitter divisions between Americans.  Except that that is specifically what he was talking about.

        "In the war's final weeks, aboard Grant's flagship, The River Queen, President Lincoln was asked what was to be done with the rebel armies once General Lee surrendered. With victory at hand, Lincoln could have sought revenge. He could have forced the South to pay a steep price for their rebellion. But despite all the bloodshed and all the misery that each side had exacted upon the other, no Confederate soldier was to be punished, Lincoln ordered. They were to be treated, as he put it, "liberally all round." All Lincoln wanted was for Confederate troops to go back home and return to work on their farms and in their shops. He was even willing, he said, to "let them have their horses to plow with and...their guns to shoot crows with."

        "That was the only way, Lincoln knew, to repair the rifts that had torn this country apart,'' Obama said. "It was the only way to begin the healing that our nation so desperately needed. For what Lincoln never forgot, not even in the midst of civil war, was that despite all that divided us - north and south, black and white - we were, at heart, one nation and one people, sharing a bond as Americans that could not break.

        "And so even as we meet here today, at a moment when we are far less divided than in Lincoln's day, but when we are once again debating the critical issues of our time - and debating them fiercely - let us remember that we are doing so as servants to the same flag, as representatives of the same people, and as stakeholders in a common future,'' he said. "That is the most fitting tribute we can pay - and the most lasting monument we can build - to that most remarkable of men, Abraham Lincoln.''

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 06:06:56 PM PST

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