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" then you are saying that Corbyn shouldn't aim for a post-election truce with the New Labour elite,"

Oh he should. I just doubt it will work.

"You certainly missed the point of my comment though, which was about Lincoln's application of the same principle within his own Party"

But that was not the point of the Lincoln speech. More important, Lincoln was supposed to be the candidate of the moderate wing of the republicans. And indeed most of his coalition management troubles came from so called radical republicans.

And regarding the south, Lincolns willingness to compromise hadn't worked from the start of the civil war. I really doubt it would have worked better in post war era (His power over the republicans would have avoided the impeachment, though).

 "  And no, I won't stop pointing out when you don't engage in proper debate and have an abysmal attitude that is getting quite annoying"

The problem is, you always claim to misunderstood and can' stand to be contradicted in anything.

by IM on Wed Aug 12th, 2015 at 07:36:21 PM EST
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The piece was lost long before the war was won, and I doubt Lincoln nor anyone else could have done that.  As Union armies occupied Rebel territory, it became apparent the antebellum elite would be left in place.  It had to find its own way to stay in power, but the Union wasn't going to force them out, carpetbagger and scallawag fairytails by Moonlight and Magnolias morons notwithstanding.  The Union had neither the strategy nor the will to do anything beyond reuniting the country and ending slavery.  Stevens and the Radical Republicans were able to push their agenda for awhile, but it never took root, not in the target states of the South (of course), and not even in the Republican Party, which wrote off the South and the freed slaves the minute it was certain the Midwest could deliver elections regardless.
by rifek on Mon Aug 24th, 2015 at 11:56:00 PM EST
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