Lincoln Logjam

NRO’s own Mackubin Thomas Victor Davis Hanson Owens finally turns in his “Why I Think Cindy Sheehan Is A Big Poopyhead Tool of Moveon.org” essay long after all the other kids are outside playing:

I don’t think I am alone in believing that Cindy Sheehan’s use of her son’s death in Iraq to advance the political goals of Moveon.org and other outfits on the political Left in this country was inappropriate.

Well…no. I think a few other people are on record as believing that, but thanks for caring.

Davis Hanson Owens really hits it out the park when he suggests a letter to Cindy Sheehan along these lines:

I suggest a letter along the following lines:

Dear Mrs. Sheehan:
I have been shown reports confirming that your son, Casey, died bravely on the field of battle in Iraq.
I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic he died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
George W. Bush

Of course, this is a paraphrase of Lincoln’s letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby of Massachusetts, whom Lincoln believed to have lost five sons in the war that still raged in 1864 (it was actually two — as if the number matters). When Lincoln sent this letter, he had no idea that Mrs. Bixby was a Confederate sympathizer — in other words, that she favored the cause of those who killed her sons. I believe that even if Lincoln had known, he would have sent it anyway.

Wow. He really had me going there. I mean nobody else ever thought to use the Bixby letter in reference to Cindy Sheehan. Except for this guy. Oh yeah, and him. Then there was this one. Don’t forget this. These guys thought of it too. And don’t forget him.

In his next scheduled column (two weeks from today) Davis Hanson Owens will take up: “Hurricane Katrina: I Hope We’re Prepared For It“.

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