Lincoln and Trump

Donald Trump and Abraham Lincoln spoken in the same sentence is not something I’m accustomed to hearing.

Such is politics that people will say anything to get their man elected.

In the past few days assorted writers have stressed the similarities between Trump and Lincoln.

This is stunning.

Trump is a disgrace to the spiritual father of the Republican Party.

Abraham Lincoln is the lens through which all issues should be filtered.

One absolutely should ask what Daddy Abe would think before being so foolish as to take a public position.

Oh well, let’s get to it and make the comparison.

Abraham Lincoln lifted himself up by his bootstraps. He was born in a log cabin without light and was hardly a member of the upper class.

Trump was born on Park Avenue.

Abraham Lincoln could read.

Trump probably can but doesn’t.

Abraham Lincoln wrote thoughtfully and concisely never better exemplified than in the Gettysburg address.

Trump can babble half-sentences.

Lincoln struggled to find the right words to say.

Trump has two adjectives, tremendous and amazing.

Lincoln understood that a leader must take guff from subordinates. When Lincoln showed up at McClellan’s house one night, McClellan kept him waiting and then went to bed without seeing him. Lincoln held his tongue.

Trump has a thin skin and flies off the handle at anyone who dares to criticize him.

Lincoln fought a war because the war found him. Having no desire to fight a Civil War, he would have prevented it if he could have.

Trump thirsts for confrontations.

Lincoln was humble.

Trump boasts.

Lincoln took an active role in the Civil War; he traveled in harm’s way to the front in order to visit Grant.

Trump takes no leadership role. He hides in the Oval Office and eats cheeseburgers.

Lincoln had a plan for winning the Civil War.

Trump has no plans.

Lincoln was quiet.

Trump is loud.

Lincoln was an autodidact who devoured books in his thirst for knowledge.

Trump watches himself on television.

At a Lincoln rally, citizens listened patiently as Lincoln intelligently presented his well-reasoned argument.

At a Trump rally, people chant “lock her up” after Trump pitches a zinger.

There is no equality at all between Abraham Lincoln and Donald Trump.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

Copyright 2020 Archer Crosley All Rights Reserved

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