- Michael - I don't think that is confined to any one section. The
economics and politics of any municipality certainly prove this.
Davis was convinced that he knew the right answers to things and
didn't always listen to alternatives - He was rigid in his thinking.
Lincoln understood that he couldn't allow his ego (and he had one) to
interfere with getting the task done. Davis allowed feelings and
rigid ideas of army seniority to interfere with with his selection of
commanders. Lincoln rapidly overcame that idea and had no problem
with selecting more junior officers to get the job done.
At 10:06 PM +0000 8/21/05, email@example.com wrote:
>I don't think there is much question as to the truth of your belief.--
>In the south, we often do business with friends, relatives, or even
>aqaintences, even if it is not the wisest choice.
>In a message dated 8/20/2005 8:41:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>Well, Davis had a huge blind spot with Polk, something I regard as
>one of his major failings. I think ASJ would have basically had to
>lay down an ultimatum - "him or me" to Davis over Polk. On the other
>hand, I think ASJ could have done that.
>I am coming to believe that one of the major differences between the
>two commanders in chief is that Davis allowed personal feelings to
>influence his selection of commanders whereas Lincoln seemed to be
>much more pragmatic.
Dr. Laurence Dana Schiller