My favorite president is Abraham Lincoln.Â This political genius was a man of theÂ people.Â He lovedÂ people. accepted the best and the worst characteristics in people.Â He knew himself to be flawed and so it was easy to aeccept the flaws of others. He also knew what it was to be poor and never held contempt for the poor.
During the Civil War he asked the country to sacrifice, and he called for soliders from all economic classes.Â
During the Civil War, Lincoln visited the wounded soldiers as often as he could.Â He wanted to ensure that the people he was asking to sacrifice received the best care and the thanks from their president.Â His visits to the hospitals are legend.Â The pain he felt when he saw the amputees and other injuries produced tears and broke his heart.
Lincoln cared so much so the veterans and their families that in his Second Inaugural Address he said, â€œWith malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.â€ Â
Had Lincoln lived, he would have fought to ensure a veteransâ€™ program.Â
Lincoln was spiritually, psychologically and mentally suited to be president. History has never doubted his leadership. He never had to tell the public, â€œI am president.â€Â
President George Bush stands in stark contrast to Abraham Lincoln. Having been born into wealth, he has never been without shows to cover his feet, and he always had enough clothes to keep him warm during brisk autumns and severely cold winters. He has never worried about paying his mortgage, because he has always had money. Because he has always had financial security, he has never sacrificed, and neither have the majority of his friends. Going without, or sacrificing, is an anathema to his mind set. It is this anathema that prevents him from asking for shared sacrifice across the board to fight the war on terror.
When the Civil War started, it was believed the military aspect would last 90 days or less. Unfortunately, it lasted four years. When the war in Iraq started, it was believed the war would end quickly. In fact, President Bush stood on the deck of the U.S.S. Lincoln and proclaimed â€œmission accomplished.â€ Lincoln waited until Robert E. Lee surrendered before he claimed victory. Bush will never claim he accepted the surrender of the enemy.Â
During the Civil War, Lincoln always worried about the troops having the supplies they needed. He worried about having enough money to fight the war. He asked Congress to raise taxes to pay for the war. He changed generals until he found one who would fight. While he offered military strategies to his generals, he accepted superior military advice. President Bush has never accepted military advice that runs counter to his judgment.Â
President Bush is always asking for more money to fight the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is his way of supporting the troops in combat. A caring president supports the veterans who return home mentally, psychologically and physically disabled. President Bush has never, ever, fought for improving the short and long-term physical and mental and economic care of veterans and their families, with the gusto he has sought to keep his tax cuts permanent.Â
During the Civil War President Lincoln worked with members of both parties. Bipartisanship on fighting this war has never been a goal of the Administration.Â
President Bush has never shown any anger over the inhumane treatment the veterans at Walter Reed and other VA hotels have received. He hasnâ€™t asked Congress for emergency funds to help the veterans and to abolish the backlog jam at the VA to expedite the care of hundreds of thousands of veterans.
It has never been reported that President Bush has demanded that the company manufacturing Humvees to protect our soldiers from Improvised Explosive Devices speed up production so we can protect our troops.
During the Civil War President Lincoln averted a war with Great Britain through diplomacy. President Bush seems determined to go to war with Iran through non-diplomatic means.Â
Abraham Lincoln was willing to accept responsibility for battle losses. George Bush never has. During the Civil War, prayed to God often to help end the war. President Bush says he talks directly to God and God to him. So why hasnâ€™t God given the president the strategy to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq?Â
War is an awesome, ugly, destructive, horrific state. It is too deadly serious to be managed by President George Bush.