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Grant's Greatest Regret

GPeyton Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 11:26 AM
Too bad Barry won't experience a similar revelation on Israel...
Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 11:44 AM
Nor a similar period of repentance, it seems. The two men do not share the same moral soil.
In the American experience, anti-Semitic decrees have been virtually unthinkable. Religious liberty is enshrined in the Constitution, and early in his presidency George Washington went out of his way to assure the young nation's Jews that "the Government of the United States … gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance." During the long centuries of Jewish exile, powerful officials had often promulgated sweeping edicts depriving Jews of their rights or driving them from their homes. In America, that could never happen.

But 150 years ago this month, it did.

In December 1862, with the Civil War...