After the most contentious presidential election in history, the new Republican president, considered by the intellectual elite to be an unsophisticated, backwoods fool, suddenly faced an attack upon the nation and its people. He would soon announce, that in response, to preserve the nation and its freedoms, he would unleash the full power of the United States military upon those who would seek to destroy the country. Noting that this war would be unlike any other war ever seen in American history and could last many years, the president asked for the people's support and prayers. He spoke with a firm resolve about his faith in God, the American people, and our system of free government, which enraged his critics. Despite a Republican majority in both houses of congress, he did not always have their full support. In fact, several Republicans, privately thinking they could do a better job, openly joined in the questioning of the president and his policies. When he took military action to defend the country, Democrats screamed that the he had rushed to war, overstating the threat to the nation. When certain European countries complained of his high handedness, Democrats insisted he solicit their support for his actions. Democrats accused the president of using the nation's crisis, as a tool to advance his own radical political agenda. When he went to visit our troops, they scorned his actions as political grandstanding. When he sought the imprisonment of those who had conspired to attack our country, Democrats argued he was abandoning civil rights and violating the very spirit of the constitution. During the war, as deathcounts rose, Democrats claimed the blood was on the president's hands, and that his war was both unnecessary and unjustified. They even insinuated, without any basis in fact, that his policies were the root cause of the war in the first place. When it came time for a new presidential election, the Democrats nominated a former war hero, well known for his staunch and unrelenting criticism of the current administration, hyping his war record, and questioning that of the president's. Despite being a nation at war, Democrats would challenge his handling of the war, and contest his management of the country's domestic affairs, fiscal policy and the historically high deficit. Re-election was seriously in doubt. But one should never underestimate the intelligence of the American people. For they can see greatness even when sought to be masked by the rants of partisans. With such foresight, the American people did re-elect the president, and in so doing, saved America. The name of that president, by the way, was Abraham Lincoln.