I just stumbled upon this column from Ian Robinson highlighting an extraordinary rebuke of our wartime President by a former Secretary of the Navy.
[Text of a letter written by liberal historian and former Secretary of the U.S. Navy George Bancroft]: “How can we reach our president with advice? He is ignorant, self-willed, and is surrounded by men, some of whom are almost as ignorant as himself.
“So we have the dilemma put to us. What to do when his power must continue for two years longer and when the existence of our country may be endangered before he can be replaced by a man of sense. How hard, in order to save the country, to sustain a man who is incompetent.”
Harsh words, albeit a little gentler than the usual stream of slanders from the left about George W. Bush — that he’s stupid, that he’s a coward who shirked his duty in the Texas Air National Guard, that he launched a war that killed thousands, costing billions and driving his nation into debt in order to enrich the corporations that pump the oil that is the lifeblood of western civilization.
By the end of the excerpt from Bancroft’s letter, every Bush-hater is no doubt nodding agreement.
I’m figuring our friends Ian, Neo and Gryph are hooting with pleasure. Hoot away guys!
There’s just one small problem……
This respected commentator on not-so-current events wasn’t writing about Bush.
He was writing in 1863 about a guy named Abraham Lincoln.
Beard, tall hat, sad face, freed the slaves?
Yeah, that President Lincoln.
The guy who through sheer force of will faced down the rebellion of the Confederacy to reunite his shattered nation.
The guy who destroyed what Americans referred to as “the peculiar institution,” which is the term Southern spin doctors of the day coined for slavery. (Southern spin doctors are still the best liars on the planet. After all, they convinced Americans that when Bill Clinton lied under oath it wasn’t really an impeachable offence because it was “just about sex.”)
Ian closes out his column with this — I wouldn’t suggest George W. Bush is an Abraham Lincoln. I would suggest the ultimate verdict of history will surprise us … the same way it surprised Bancroft.
I completely concur.