Bush Apes Lincoln In Illinois
No one ever made any good money trying to compare George Bush to Abraham Lincoln.
However, yesterday Bush went to the revamped Lincoln Museum, evidently in the hope that someone will soon start.
It seems like a stretch too far.
Afterall, even Lincoln's most bitter opponents conceded his wit and the beauty of his langauge.
With Bush, it's the opposite.
Even Bush's most diehard supporters concede he has ill concern for the English language, and minimal regard for the force of ideas that lie behind words.
However, there are similarities and differences.
Both men had a "relationship" with The Almighty.
Lincoln tried to pray to God, while Bush says God talks to Bush.
Lincoln was publicly irreligious and skeptical, while privately spiritual and seeking.
Bush is publicly and conspicuously a pious Christian, but acts like he privately thinks of himself as Zeus.
Both had detractors who called attention to their respective simian physical characteristics.
Detractors of Lincoln often compared him to a Great Ape.
Bush critics (and some supporters), sometimes compare Bush to a wee little monkey.
Lincoln presided during the incipient stages of the new Republican party, while Bush actions are inchoate signs of its decadence and decay.
Men who fought for Lincoln, sang for "John Brown's Body."
Men who benefit from Bush's war, beat bodies over the bottom line of Kellogg, Brown, & Root.
Restoring the Union between Blue & Grey was Lincoln's biggest concern, while dividing the Union into Red & Blue, is Bush's salient accomplishment.
Opposing the war with Mexico was Lincoln's first big political stance.
Supporting the war in Vietnam was Bush's earliest important politcal position.
However, unlike Bush, Lincoln was not too scared to fight.
Despite no military draft, Lincoln volunteered for combat in "The Blackhawk Campaign."
Fearing being drafted, Bush avoided combat thru his own 'chickenhawk campaign.'
Lincoln lived in a Log Cabin, while Bush just wants to cut down logs.
They were both "soft" on controlling the Mexican border.
Lincoln wasn't really sure where the border should be. Bush knows damm well where it is, and he knows where to put border patrols not.
Lincoln was "soft" because he thought the war with Mexico was was wrong and was fought under false pretenses.
Bush hasn't taken a position on the Mexican War-probably only Mexican oil futures. As far as waging war under false pretenses, can you spell WMD?
Nevertheless,regarding our porous border, Bush knows that poor enforcement of the border maintaines the illegal and vulnerable status of those who are lured accross to work for his campaign contributers. Plus, as a bonus, it gets his 'base' all 'riled-up.'
Lincoln blamed his political opponents, not American citizens, for a bad Mexico policy.
Bush supporters often blame American workers, not politicians, for being unable to compete with Mexican labor wages.
While Bush uses Mexicans to divide Americans and it does, Lincoln feared a war with Mexico was gonna divide America, and it did.
So, in that sense, they were both smart, but in their own way.