Abraham Lincoln On Who Should Start A War
“Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after having given him so much as you propose. If to-day he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, ‘I see no probability of the British invading us;’ but he will say to yt ou, ‘Be silent: I see it, if you don’t.’
“The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood,” –
Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to William H. Herndon, Feb. 15, 1848.
“Trump told us over and over again that he believed Barack Obama would start a war with Iran to “save face” and because “his pole numbers are in a tailspin” and he “needed to get re-elected.”
— Michelle Goldberg, in her column in The New York Times, January 7,2020
For great authentic Lincoln quotes, check out “The Words Lincoln Lived By” at Amazon
President Diem was assassinated in Vietnam in 1963, and look what that got us.
Two previous Presidents could have done what Donald Trump did. But they understood the scary consequences.
They wanted to avoid being pushed out of the Middle East by hatred and mass protests.
Obama knew the Shia were fighting ISIS (which is Sunni)
They wanted to avoid deeper involvement in the fierce sectarian Shia/Sunni war that’s raging in that part of the world.
This is what an impeached President does. It’s what a magician does when he makes a rabbit to disappear.
At a loss for words?
Choose one that starts with D.
Distraction or diversion or deception will work just fine.
Here’s a memorable quotation that you can use about protecting the environment, or with a strategic edit, virtually any worthy cause:
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”—Robert Swan
Memorable Trump Quotations
“Stop congratulating Obama for killing Bin Laden. The Navy Seals killed Bin Laden.”
Looking for a book with no spurious quotations?
“The Words Lincoln Lived By”
Not a single one.
A Kingdom Is Legalized Theft
“What are kingdoms but great robberies?”
Get the wonderful new Audible of “Lincoln and Obama.” Read by the author:
Seneca on Time Management
“Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.”
—-Seneca (c. 4 BC – AD 65) Roman philosopher and poet
Footnote: Jeff Bezos describes Amazon’s management style as Day One Thinking—a willingness to view every new morning as if it were the first day of doing business. (The New Yorker, October 21, 2019)
A quotation that sounds like a motto of the Trump regime:
“Crime, once exposed, has no refuge but in audacity.”
Learn 21 fascinating parallels between Lincoln and Obama. Listen to the author on Audible. There’s a free sample at…
“Lincoln and Obama” at the Audible site
And if you do a 30-day trial subscription, Audible will give you the entire book free plus two other books of your choice.
“Intriguing surprises and stories. I felt like Lincoln was in the room and laughed out loud at his brilliant wit. I am going to gift this wonderful book to my friends and colleagues who will be drawn into this brilliant juxtaposition of two great figures.” Jennifer Kahnweiler, author of “The Introverted Leader” and “Quiet Influence.”