Could history repeat itself in a few years?

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  1. Mexdeaf

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    Interesting- I received this in an e-mail devotional, not sure who to credit. But I was thinking that perhaps history will treat GWB better than the contemporaries have.

    "On the night of April 14,1865, one of our greatest Presidents was killed. He had taken control of our nation during some of the most divisive years in our history. But through his leadership and providential wisdom, he preserved the unity of our land. This man was Abraham Lincoln, one of the most loved and hated Presidents.

    On the night he was assassinated, five items were recovered from his pockets. They were:
    A handkerchief, embroidered "A. Lincoln"
    A country boy's pen knife
    A spectacles case repaired with string
    A purse containing a $5 bill—Confederate money
    Some old and worn newspaper clippings

    “The clippings,” says a prominent historian, “were concerned with the great deeds of Abraham Lincoln. And one of them actually reports a speech by John Bright which says that Abraham Lincoln is ‘one of the greatest men of all times.’

    Today that's common knowledge. The world now knows that British statesman John Bright was right in his assessment of Lincoln, but in 1865 millions shared quite a contrary opinion. The President's critics were fierce and many. His was a lonely agony that reflected the suffering and turmoil of his country ripped to shreds by hatred and a cruel, costly war."
     
  2. Magnetic Poles

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    I feel compelled to paraphrase and adapt the words of the late Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

    "Mr. President, I knew Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was a friend of mine. Mr. President, you're NO Abraham LIncoln!"

    :laugh:
     
  3. North Carolina Tentmaker

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    Wow MP, I knew you were old but that's real old.:laugh:
     
  4. Magnetic Poles

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    And I don't look a day over 94! :wavey:
     
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    Hair dye does wonders, doesn't it? :thumbs:

    Hey tell us, what did Abe's voice sound like. He looks like he had a high pitched squeaky voice but he could have been a baritone for all I know.
     
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    absolutely, if we do not learn from reading of histor in the past, we will reap the same trick over and over. That is why it is so important to read and learn about the past so as to defend ourselves from the evil of some.
     
  7. Steven2006

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    Lincoln was arguably the greatest president our nation has ever had. I don't believe Bush should be nor will be ever compared to be anywhere near what Lincoln was.

    As far as how history will look at president Bush, much will depend on the long term outcome and results of the war. But regardless of that his record of spending, one that would put many democrats to shame will not hold him in very high standing with true conservatives as time marches on. I think he will continue to lose points on that front the more time passes. Many republicans of today are so blindly behind him they can't see just how poor a conservative (if you can truly call him that) he really was.
     
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    I think the current economic crisis will be what Bush is remembered for just as Herbert Hoover was known for the Crash of '29 and the start of the Great Depression.
     
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    Agreed, I will have to take the fact that I voted for Bush on the chin and move on I guess...
     
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    Eat more Preservatives!:laugh:
     
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    History always treats Presidents a tad more favorably. We also see that some of the so-called good things they did were perhaps not quite so good. Hindsight is always 20-20, I suppose.

    It will take some years before Bush can rebuild his reputation. Given his stated desire to get out of the limelight, I don't know if he'll give us any new material as part of the narrative.

    As a bit of an aside: It will be interesting to see which former Presidents Obama will work with. Bush has worked with every living President until Carter started shooting his mouth off and wrote the controversial book about Palestine. Clinton reached out to Nixon when he could and even utilized Bush 41 occasionally on NAFTA and some other issues.
     
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    I think the dems will have a majority in congress thru 2014. Using recent history as a guide, that is. Obama will have a pass on this election, as Bush will be blamed throughout the first term. And seein's how nothing but Clintonites & D.C. insiders have been allowed into Obama's circle, there is no reason for me to believe the same mistakes our last three presidents have made won't be repeated.....
     
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    I could respond by saying that Lloyd Bentson was correct: Kennedy was a womanizer like Clinton and Johnson; Quayle was faithful to his wife, he was no Kennedy; but I won't. President Bush has kept this country free of attack for seven years. However, Clinton was too busy with other things to protect the country. :laugh:
     
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    Lincoln put the penultimate nail in the Constitution's coffin.
     
  15. Magnetic Poles

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    I don't know...Quayle seemed to have an obsession with a fictional character...Murphy Brown...even if he couldn't spell potato! :thumbs:
     
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    Excellent - a tremendously lucid assessment of the current situation!
     

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