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Letter: We are fortunate Lincoln was president during war

We are fortunate Lincoln was president during war

In a recent interview, President Trump asked: “Why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” I know there is a lot of competition, but this has to rank as one of the more astonishing things that he has ever said.

Let’s try to imagine negotiations between the author of “The Art of the Deal” and Confederate leaders:

Trump: “So, what’s it gonna take to make this war go away?’

Confederates: “For one thing, stop harping about abolition. We’re keeping our slaves – non-negotiable.”

Trump: “I think we can do that.”

Confederates: “And we’re keeping the Fugitive Slave Act. Any of those slaves make it to the North, we want them back.”

Trump: “Seems reasonable.”

Confederates: “Now, just in case, we want a commitment – no 13th, 14th or 15th Amendment. No nonsense about due process or equal protection or the right to vote for the Negro.”

Trump: “That may take some work, but I think I can get that.”

Confederates: “And definitely no Voting Rights Act or Civil Rights Act.”

Trump: “Well, that goes without saying.”

Confederates: “Get back to us toot sweet.”

Trump: “Boys, I think we have a deal.”

All I can say is: Thank goodness the great negotiator was not president back then.

Joe Gerken


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