In good company

I had a couple of thoughts regarding the guy on the tower’s complaining about the President’s use of stop-loss and other liberal’s non-stop complaining about his suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. But it was another post that I almost didn’t write until this newly discovered Lincoln note story kind of kicked my fingers into gear.

The National Archives on Thursday unveiled a handwritten note by Abraham Lincoln exhorting his generals to pursue Robert E. Lee’s army after the battle of Gettysburg, underscoring one of the great missed opportunities for an early end to the Civil War. Miami Herald

Although the missed opportunity is interesting, it was really just the mention of Lincoln that got me to typing.

You see, nationally and locally, the left is working to make the military stop-loss and the suspension of writ of habeas corpus appear as unique to President Bush as well as both sneaky and illegal. In fact the guy on the tower said some of this in his official website statement.

I argue that, if nothing else, the current administration policy of STOP-LOSS… …is immoral, destructive, and often overlooked.

I for one feel the President is right to use both tools as he sees best for our nation. Neither the suspension of the writ nor stop-loss is new and both have been previously used during times of national danger such as we are in now.

Which brings me to the great emancipator Lincoln. Our nations often quoted, loved by everyone, spare no accolade President Lincoln. The President that apparently understood that sacrifice is often needed for the good of the nation when he instituted the draft and suspended the writ of habeas corpus.

In the ten weeks between the fall of Fort Sumter and the convening of Congress in July 1861, Lincoln began drafting men for military service, approved a naval blockade of Southern ports, and suspended the writ of habeas corpus. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Lincoln’s authority to take these actions… The Court concluded that the president had the authority to resist force without the need for special legislative action.

He also instituted his own form of stop-loss about 115 years before the current military policy.

In 1862, the Confederacy made all healthy, white males between the ages of eighteen and thirty five eligible for three years of service, and those already in the army were required to stay for the duration of the conflict, whether their enlistment term ended or not. The North followed suit…

You might ask how this sat with the war protesters in the North. Well it didn’t sit well

…the draft met with much evasion, resistance and, on several occasions, actual rioting. The constitutionality of conscription during the Civil War never reached the Supreme Court, in large measure because President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus, thus blocking state courts from the release of draft resisters and other protesters.

The Civil War was every bit as politically charged as today’s War on Terror. Even so, Lincoln exercised a stop loss policy and suspended the writ of habeas corpus for the same reason President Bush is doing now; for the good of our nation as a whole.

And I know that there will be some readers out there who will say that President Bush is not in the same league as Lincoln. I agree with them. He is not.

But I may up my opinion of him if he starts locking up draft resisters and protesters.

Lincoln information from

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