Comments: The Literature Corner for August 13, 2011: The Bixby Letter

What a man, what a leader. . .

Posted by NavyOne at August 12, 2011 10:02 PM

I'm sorry she lost all 5 sons, but that war should never have been and all Lincoln did was begin the wholesale shredding of the Constitution.

Secession, as Jefferson pointed out, is indeed an option.

Read Charles Adams' _The Course of Human Events_ for a better perspective on Lincoln.

Posted by capt45 at August 13, 2011 10:58 AM

Of course, since Jefferson was not involved with the drafting of the Constitution his opinion on the matter is just that, an opinion. Where as the actual drafters of the Constitution, highly educated and intelligent men all, would have included a succession provision in the document had it been their desire to do so. The very fact that they chose not to includes such a provision shows that their intent was not to create a union where membership was considered temporary.

Had Lincoln not acted as he had, instead of one large nation we would have disintergrated into several smaller nations with constantly shifting friends and foes. In that case, we would have made the political squables of Europe in the late 19th and early to mid 20th centuries pale by comparision and it is entirely possible that this continent would then have had the ravages of the world wars played out here rather than in Eurpoe and Asia.

But hey, maybe some of these Loncoln haters think that the contiuation of slavery would have been worth it.

Posted by Thresherman at August 13, 2011 08:47 PM

"The Bixby Letter" represents the best of human nature; devotion to a just cause and compassion. Both of those very worthy traits remain today but are seldom seen or celebrated. I am reminded of our young military men and women who are far from home, many living without electricity or running water, and in heat that is unimaginable. As the Bixby men fought for a cause they believed in, so too, do our military today. I am reminded of a young Marine who took a sniper bullet while trying to save an 11 year old boy in Iraq. Compassion. Both devotion and compassion are with us today. Sadly they are often overlooked in our present day political climate.
Thank you for posting this letter. It reminded me that what was true in 1864 is also true today.

Posted by carol at August 14, 2011 11:12 AM