John Henry Thomas: We’ll give them a taste of General Sherman’s War
Confederate Col James Langdon: I rememberThe Undefeated 1969
About a year before his more famous march through Georgia, William Tecumseh Sherman led a two pronged attack on Mississippi, namely on Meridian, and while the Cavalry prong was broken off by Nathan Bedford Forest against 2-1 odds Sherman’s main force hit the town and the country side around it in a devastating fashion causing millions of (1863) dollars of damage and laying waste to the area as a preview what would happen during his famous March Though Georgia (and South Carolina) in the coming years.
After his withdrawal from Meridian he put out a paper with the intention of having it widely circulated to as he put it “prepare the South for my coming”. It said in part:
If they want eternal war, well and good; we accept the issue, and will dispossess them and put our friends in their place. If they think different, let them persist in war three years longer, and then they will not be consulted. Three years ago by a little reflection and patience they could have had a hundred years of peace and prosperity, but they preferred war; very well. All the powers of earth cannot restore them their slaves, any more than their dead grandfathers. Next year their lands will be taken, for in war we can take them, and rightfully, too, and in another year they may beg in vain for their lives. A people who will persevere in war beyond a certain limit ought to know the consequences. Many, many peoples with less pertinacity have been wiped out of national existence
And that in a slightly round about way brings us to Donald Trump and Joe Scarborough. A topic that I must confess I’m surprised to still be writing about a full week after this could and should have died.
I’ve already explained both why I presume there is no “there” there in this case and why President Trump saw advantage in the move. In fact Twitter’s caving into the Democrat mob on “fact check” might already have produced advantage, namely an excuse to remove their protection from suits, treating them as a publisher rather than a platform, but the more I see the reaction out there the more I think I missed the real point of this.
Gandalf: Saurman you were deep in the enemy’s counsel. Tell us what you know.Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King Extended Version 2003
As a businessman who had to do business in deep blue cities and deal with deep blue pols, as a celebrity involved in the TV and movie business, as a person who ran casinos and as a much sought after source of funds for political campaigns, Donald Trump, like Saurman was deep in the enemy counsel. For almost half a century he was feted by these types. I suspect he has heard every single bit of gossip and rumor than all these types offered up after a few rounds (while he remained sober) and like the businessman he is squirreled that away for future reference.
TV Exec 1: What’s he writing?
TV Exec 2: “Duck? Did anyone do anything with a Duck?“EdTV 1999
Furthermore we’ve already explained that Donald Trump is a Jacksonian who has no compunction about giving back exactly what he has gotten. Treat him nice, he’ll treat you nice. Say a good word about him, he’ll say a good word about you. Try to destroy him, and he will retaliate.
President Trump would have likely let this go if Mika and company had not gone after Twitter over it. And he has plenty of other balls in the air that he is giving his time to. But now that Mitt and others are trying to hit him over it. I think it’s likely that he might give this story one more hit to make the point clear to the next celebrity, newsman, pol who he has known for decades who tries to cross him.
Gillom Rogers: Mr. Books, How is it you’ve killed so many men? My spread wasn’t much bigger than yours.
John Bernard Books: First of all,friend, there’s no one up there shooting back at you. Second, I found most men aren’t willing, they bat an eye, or draw a breath before they shoot. I won’t.The Shootist 1976
If he is willing to go this far with Scarborough he is certainly willing to do so with you. The left has suggested that they will retaliate against and and all who are Trump allies. Trump has now made it clear that no amount of pressure will prevent him from giving the Scarborough treatment to any person who comes after him the same way if he so chooses, and he has a long memory for events.
I’d swear his ancestry was Sicilian