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February 04, 2004

Lincoln/Bush Parallel?

This piece at Free Republic.com appealed to my love of historical irony so much, i am reprinting it in full here:

We must fact the fact that our Republican president was a DESERTER! He never even served in the REAL military. Instead he was in the Illinois state militia during the Blackhawk War and NEVER saw any combat. Captain Abraham Lincoln even admitted years later that the worst he suffered in the Blackhawk War was a bunch of mosquito bites. Not only that, even though Captain Abraham Lincoln mustered out of the militia on July 10, 1832, there is NO RECORD of a Captain Abraham Lincoln being in the militia (not a REAL army) from May 27, 1832 to July 10, 1832. One can only conclude, despite any facts to the contrary, that Abraham Lincoln was a DESERTER. At the very least he was AWOL.

Contrast that sad military record with that of our great Democrat, George McClellan who bravely faced down Quaker Guns outside Richmond, VA in 1862. McClellan, who is now running for president, is absolutely correct in his assertion that Lincoln is a miserable failure as a president especially since he did not seek the advice and consent from our European allies in the War of Rebellion. I look forward to a political campaign featuring a distinguished REGULAR military officer with a chest full of medals up against a Republican deserter who slacked off in the militia, not the REAL army. One candidate spent the war slacking off and suffering from nothing more than a bunch of mosquito bites and the other candidate is a genuine WAR HERO who did not desert.

This November the choice is yours. VOTE for the Democrat candidate WAR HERO....NOT the Republican deserter.

p.s. Did I mention that the Democrat candidate is a WAR HERO?

Note: the "Quaker Gun" reference is a bit obscure. Quaker Guns were logs painted to resemble cannons, which were placed by the defenders of Richmond to fool McLellan into believing he faced a stronger Confederate force than he actually did. McLellan took the bait and refused to move on the Confederate works, continually asking Lincoln for more men and more time. Until the Seven Days battles, when McLellan was whipped good by Robert E. Lee, cementing McLellan's reputation as a coward and Lee's as a genius. Read aboout it here and here.

Link thanks to Professor Hewitt.

Posted by annika, Feb. 4, 2004 |
Rubric: History & annikapunditry


Thanks for sharing. I would also direct you Instapundit for a review of the "literature"/ blogosphere for a complete report.

Plenty of links to folks who actually know the difference between active duty and the reserve/NG.

Posted by: joe on Feb. 4, 2004

Thanks for the tip, Joe. Baldilock's post is excellent on the subject.

Posted by: annika! on Feb. 4, 2004

Oh no, now you're inserting facts into the discussion.

Posted by: d-rod on Feb. 4, 2004

Annika, my pleasure. Baldilocks nails it.

As a guy who went to grad school at UCSB/Pepperdine--your blog is a great vicarious connection to CA.

d-rod, don't you just hate it when the facts "will out."

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