Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump is no Abraham Lincoln

Ronald Price, with the U.S. Park Service, sweeps up after the U.S. military conducted a Presidential Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony in celebration of the 207th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
Ronald Price, with the U.S. Park Service, sweeps up after the U.S. military conducted a Presidential Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony in celebration of the 207th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. AP

Abraham Lincoln (a true Republican) wrote in his Second Inaugural Address (1865):

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

A compilation of Donald Trump’s tweets and pronouncements would likely read:

“With malice toward many, with charity for none, with bias against all who see God differently than I do, let me strive to create new problems for our nation, to exacerbate its wounds, to dishonor those who have borne the battle and their families, to do all to promote myself and tear down others with total disregard for peace among my fellow citizens and with other nations.”

David J. Keil, San Luis Obispo

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