NeverTrumper George Will, an arrogant snob who has a way with words, titled his article Thursday in National Review Online — Trump Does Not Know What It Is to Know. For all you haters, it’s a slam dunk of acrimonious invective.
Describing Trump’s thoughts and speech as a disability, he pompously declared Trump’s mind as “slothful”, “untrained”, and “bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence.”
Will condemned Trump’s use of grammar and branded him gullible and “susceptible to being blown about by gusts of factoids that cling like lint to a disorderly mind”.
What set Will off was President Trump’s premise that Andrew Jackson would have prevented the Civil War because of his skills. The cable talking heads have made hay out of it for days and Will capped it off with his article laced with a phenomenal ability to use the English language and make hate sound appealing. He doesn’t need an excuse really but Jackson was a convenient one.
Trump has a right to an opinion, especially since his gut-level instincts are often so right.
In fact, it’s a question worthy of consideration.
When the war began, women and children were riding buggies to the battle sites to picnic. No one expected it to become brutal devastation. That tells us people were unprepared for it and it might have been averted.
Why not ask if Andrew Jackson, who followed the war by 16 years, could have prevented the Civil War because of his skills?
People ignorant of history or so full of themselves are the ones most critical of Trump’s question.
Interestingly, Bill O’Reilly discussed the issue two nights ago on his podcast and he happens to have a letter written by Harry Truman dated May 18th, 1959 to Mrs. Andrew Melvin in Gainesville, Florida.
Dear Mrs. Melvin I am sorry the space of a letter is not enough to answer your question fully. History will tell you however that Old Buck, that’s President James Buchanan who is in office right before Abraham Lincoln, was short on decision and had he acted with the firmness of Andrew Jackson, for instance, in his dealing with the problems of the South, the war between the states might well have been averted.
It’s an interesting question and one wonders, had Jackson been President, tough as he was, would the war have been averted? Buchanan did absolutely nothing out of fear. The federal troops under a President Jackson would have moved in faster and it would have gone differently. One can question if that would have been the right thing to do, but one can’t say the question should never be asked.
Anyone who has been to the graveyards of the battlefields where 5,000, 10,000 boys and men died in a bare moment of time, anyone who has visited knows that it was a hideous war. America lost 2% of its population, 625,000 men and boys, more Americans than died in both World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam combined.
Perhaps the hate that came out of the War has lasted so long would have long dissipated. Perhaps George Will is the one who doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.