Columnwhoring: War Czar, Bitches!


Our expectations of our government are criminally low these days. We barely ask that you escape indictment in order to qualify to lead us. We take it as a matter of course that you will lie, cheat, steal, foul up and still somehow deserve our vote. Now, to be president, it seems you don’t even need to deal with the wars you start.

What else is left in the job, if war is somebody else’s task? Taxes? Handshakes? Ribbon-cuttings and speeches to chambers of commerce?

Miss America has a more demanding schedule.

It’s hard to imagine Abraham Lincoln appointing a middle manager to handle the Civil War while he … well, Lincoln wasn’t exactly a party animal, so it’s hard to imagine what else he’d be doing with his time, but can you picture him handing off responsibility like that?

His country was on fire all around him. And as befitted an American president, this was foremost in his mind. The war wasn’t easy, but he was in charge, cost him dearly though it did.

“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away,” he said in his Second Inaugural Address, in 1865. “Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.’ “

Weighty words, from a man who took his job seriously. Maybe all he needed was an implementation manager.


2 thoughts on “Columnwhoring: War Czar, Bitches!

  1. That there’s a righteous rant, m’dear. I’m so glad Daily Southtown is giving you a bigger bullhorn. Too bad you can’t point it right into the ears of those who really need to hear it. And yell.

  2. If I remember the Civil War correctly, Lincoln did appoint a sort of middle manager to head the army, General George McClellan. McClellan was infamous for coming up with excuse after excuse for not prosecuting the war. There weren’t enough troops yet. They didn’t have enough cannons. It was rainy out.
    McClellan had powerful friends in the Congress and got into all sorts of arguments about strategy. He opposed emancipation on top of all this.
    Eventually, he was replaced by Grant, and the Union started to fight seriously and started to win. Lincoln may not have wanted to hire some sort of middle manager, but for a good part of the war he was stuck with one.

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