21 October 2009

Is History Repeating Itself?

A number of historians have discussed the similarities between President Obama and President Lincoln. Most of the similarities that have been pointed out have been positive - no surprise there. But now we have the administration attacking Fox News which, though not as extreme, reminds one of Lincoln's actions against his critics in the press. Certainly not a positive comparison. And certainly not a very smart strategy. As Mark Twain once opined: “Never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel.” Of course, today, Twain might say, "Never pick a fight with someone who has an endless free supply of pixels." Even the left is becoming uncomfortable with the administration's paranoid strategy.

Now comes additional accusations of an "enemies list."

A top Senate Republican will take to the floor Wednesday morning to suggest that the Obama White House is plotting a political strategy similar to that of ex-President Richard Nixon and may be on the verge of preparing its own “enemies list.”

That accusation reminds us of another President. Attacking one's critics in the press, developing enemies lists -- are we seeing a White House that is becoming isolated and paranoid? I think so and sinking poll numbers would seem to indicate storm clouds on the horizon.

4 comments:

The Warrior said...

I've long thought how similar the two were. Most think that's a good thing, but did I mention I was a rebel boy? Oh yeah, I'm here....

Spencer

Pam Walter said...

That pesky Fox News -- asking the hard questions and expecting honest answers. Definitely an enemy of the administration. www.satisfiedsole.com

Anonymous said...

Great post! I totally agree. On your bookshelf thing, I see you have The Real Lincoln. I've read it, and I believe it's an excellent book. Keep up the good work!
~Johann Van De Leeuw
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jacksonianlawyer said...

For those who haven't happened upon it yet, there's an interesting analysis over at First Things/GatewayPundit re the similarities between Barack Hussein Obama and someone else...

Take a gander....

http://bit.ly/3W4QCM