Someone recently told me the sole reason Congressional Democrats are so intent on impeachment is because, as a group, they "fear a strong president."

Donald Trump may be called many things, but "strong" should not be one of them.

For a truly strong president, I bid you consider Abraham Lincoln, who followed a series of weak presidents and whose election sparked a civil war Lincoln wanted no part of over an issue he did not want to confront.

Despite facing a conflagration such as never seen in our nation's history, he held fast to his deepest principals throughout, while being reviled by his constituents, the press and even his own party.

He was at the initial mercy of incompetent generals who fought to defeat after defeat even while demanding far more than the nation could give.

Lincoln deliberately surrounded himself with a cabinet of irascible but brilliant men, many of whom expected the "weak" Mr. Lincoln to let them serve as de facto president while Old Abe reaped the political points.

Old Abe availed himself their talents masterfully, in spite of their egotistical contempt, and never lost sight of his vision nor his responsibilities, even in the wake of devastating national and personal setbacks that left him morose with melancholy and depression that would likely have crushed a slightly weaker man.

President Lincoln responded with steady and firm hand to the gravest of national crises and left the world some of the most eloquent, ringing and stirring words of patriotism and goodwill that will ever resound through history.

He never shirked his obligations or blamed others for his shortcomings. He never sought or took credit for the successes that others deserved credit for. He did not fire those who disagreed with him or who questioned his thinking; there were no sycophants blowing into his ears only what he wanted to hear.

He did not want, demand or expect blind loyalty and devotion. He was not treated well by the media of his time. Elected to the presidency by the lowest margin of the popular vote, 39.8 percent, he was excoriated right from the beginning.

"The illustrious Honest Old Abe has continued during the last week to make a fool of himself and to mortify and shame the intelligent people of this great nation," was the declaration of the Salem Advocate, a newspaper printed in Lincoln's home ground of central Illinois. "His speeches have demonstrated the fact that although originally a Herculean rail splitter and more lately a whimsical story teller and side splitter, he is no more capable of becoming a statesman, nay, even a moderate one, than the braying ass can become a noble lion. People now marvel how it came to pass that Mr. Lincoln should have been selected as the representative man of any party. His weak, wishy-washy, namby-pamby efforts, imbecile in matter, disgusting in manner, have made us the laughing stock of the whole world. The European powers will despise us because we have no better material out of which to make a President. The truth is, Lincoln is only a moderate lawyer and in the larger cities of the Union could pass for no more than a facetious pettifogger. Take him from his vocation and he loses even these small characteristics and indulges in simple twaddle which would disgrace a well bred school boy.”

He did not call the press "fake news" or the enemy of the people, nor did he call those of the opposing political party "Angry Democrat Thugs" or other such names, and he had, if there ever were such, far greater reason.

Lincoln did not resort to name calling, to bellicose shouting, to a seemingly endless stream of outright blatant lies to cover his actions in a cloud of obfuscating smoke. He was neither boastful nor belittling.

He did not make fun of those weaker, poorer or not "as smart" as him. Old Abe was known to turn to humor, some of his jokes pretty ribald for his time.

"Paw, come quick," he told an audience once. "'The hired man and sis are up in the haymow, and he’s a-pullin’ down his pants and she’s a-liftin’ up her skirts and paw they’re gettin’ ready to pee all over our hay!' The father replied: 'Son, you’ve got your facts absolutely right, but you’ve drawn a completely wrong conclusion.'"

His jokes were usually funny, some made salient points well suited for the moment, but they did not savage rivals or those with whom he disagreed.

He did not say, or likely ever even think along the lines of, "I've gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful -- I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything... Grab them by the pu**y. You can do anything."

Abraham Lincoln was polite, self-deprecating, well spoken, well mannered. He did not brusquely push his way past others to get to the spotlight. He was respectful of his wife and women and did not make any lascivious comments about them that stirred or stunned the nation.

President Honest Abe Lincoln had true and astonishing strength.

Blame the Congressional Democrats' "fixation" on ousting Trump on what you will, if you refuse to accept the reasons stated, but please do not blame it on their fear of this president's strength, for he has none.

Publisher

Mike Weland has been a journalist since serving as battalion Hometown News specialist in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division beginning in 1979. He is publisher, editor and reporter at KootenaiValleyTimes.com, which he launched in March, 2018.

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Mike Weland

Your comments are appreciated and welcome, Mr. McCollum, and I wish it were as simple a matter as that.

But in all my years as a Bonners Ferry news man, I have never had the good sense to shut up when my position on a controversial issue was at odds with the majority nor have I had the inclination to whitewash my convictions, even when I'm a minority of one.

I'm not always right by any means, and I do pray my perceptions of the man who is president prove wrong, but every day the facts I see do nothing to change my perception, they only bolster my conviction that to remain silent, while the much easier route, would make me complicit.

I know no other way of doing this job.

Ron McCollum

[smile]....All I'm saying Mike is we shouldn't let the ugliness of both sides of the fence of Washington destroy the beauty of what we all share in the blessed state of Idaho.......

Ron McCollum

Mike, you're entitled to your opinion and for the most part, you're usually fair; but you live in Idaho, come back from the dark side.......my wife and I love you.....[unsure]

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