The View From 1776

Why America Celebrates Lincoln

Read this Wall Street Journal editorial essay by Walter Berns, under whom I had the good fortune to study constitutional law at Louisiana State University in the early 1950s.

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  1. It is no accident that Lincoln was recently voted the greatest American President by university historians.

    In this time of crisis, we would do well to heed his words,

    "With 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."

    words, which were, of course, for the Civil War, but apply equally in our era, to the depredations of the Bush administration and the catastrophe bequeathed by him.

    I was surprised that Bush was not voted the very worst president in history for the destruction he wrought. He escaped that ignominy by five slots.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/18  at  12:06 PM
  2. Charitable words Mr Jay. Malice, like power corrupts. Sadly, Mr Lincoln's words were disregarded during reconstruction and we pay for it to this day. These historians have their ranking fest each year and it gets sillier and sillier. Like a stopped clock they are occasionally right.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/18  at  12:53 PM
  3. "I was surprised that Bush was not voted the very worst president in history for the destruction he wrought. He escaped that ignominy by five slots."

    Well, that's because it still hasn't completely sunk in the destruction he wrought.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/18  at  02:48 PM
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