Dems and war

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

If any­one both­ered to go back and look at the Demo­crat Party Plat­form from the year 1864 they would find that the Democrats haven’t changed much in the last eight score and three years.

(Sec­ond Plat­form): “Re­solved, That this con­ven­tion does ex­plic­itly de­clare, as the sense of the Amer­i­can peo­ple, that af­ter four years of fail­ure­tore­storetheUnion­bythe­ex­per­i­mentofwar, dur­ing which, un­der the pre­tense of a mil­i­tary ne­ces­sity of war-power higher than the Con­sti­tu­tion, the Con­sti­tu­tion it­self has been dis­re­garded in ev­ery part, and pub­lic lib­erty and private right alike trod­den down, and the ma­te­rial pros­per­ity of the coun­try es­sen­tially im­paired, jus­tice, hu­man­ity, lib­erty, and the pub­lic wel­fare de­mand that im­me­di­ate ef­forts be made for a ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties, with a view of an ul­ti­mate con­ven­tion of the States, or other peace­able means, to the end that, at the ear­li­est prac­ti­ca­ble mo­ment, peace may be re­stored on the ba­sis of the Fed­eral Union of the States.”

So, here’s what they may have said about those times and about Abra­ham Lin­coln: There is dis­sen­sion in the North be­cause Abe is los­ing the Civil War. He has had four years to win it and he has failed mis­er­ably. Too many brave men have died try­ing to re­store the Union through mil­i­tary force. Lin­coln and the Repub­li­cans have as­sumed pow­ers above and be­yond those al­lo­cated by the Con­sti­tu­tion. Lin­coln and his ad­min­is­tra­tion have taken ex­tra­or­di­nary mea­sures in their failed at­tempt to pros­e­cute the war, in­clud­ing spy­ing and cen­sor­ship. Let the South­ern States se­cede from the Union and form their own Con­fed­er­acy even though that means a per­pet­u­a­tion of slav­ery in the South. Let us make peace with the Con­fed­er­acy and once again be­come a sin­gle Union, even if that Union con­sists of only twenty-four North­ern and West­ern states.

Now, here’s what they are say­ing about our time­sand­aboutGe­orgeW.Bush:TheAmer­i­can peo­ple voted for the Democrats in 2006 be­cause they want us to get out of Iraq. Bush has been fight­ing for Iraqi free­dom and he has failed mis­er­ably. Too many brave men have died try­ing to bring free­dom to the Iraqi peo­ple, and Iraq has noth­ing to do with ter­ror­ism. Bush and the Repub­li­cans have as­sumed pow­ers above and be­yondthoseal­lo­cat­ed­bytheCon­sti­tu­tion. He­and his ad­min­is­tra­tion have tram­pled on the civil rights of the ter­ror­ists cap­tured in Afghanistan, have em­bar­rassed those cap­tured in Iraq, and have­buggedter­ror­ist­cell­phonesintheU.S.with­out proper au­tho­riza­tion. Set a timetable for get­ting out of Iraq, even though that most cer­tainly will re­sult in an Is­lamic theoc­racy in Iraq and a world­wide in­crease in ter­ror­ism. One thing seemsabun­dant­ly­clear:ei­therAbra­hamLin­coln was a ter­ri­ble pres­i­dent, a usurper and a tyrant whoshould­have­been­im­peached,orGe­orgeW. Bushisan­oth­erAbra­hamLin­coln. Inanyevent, the Demo­crat Party doesn’t ap­pear to have changed much over the years. Marvin D. Pipher Hous­ton, Texas

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