Ulysses S. Grant’s Magic Show
Grant turned the unspeakable savagery of the Civil War into (a) progress – “We are better off now than we would have been without it and have made more rapid progress than we otherwise should have made” – and (b) into military exceptionalism – “our people have proven themselves to be the most formidable in war of any nationality.” So, we should celebrate the savagery that was the Civil War. Decent folks, morally virtuous persons celebrating savagery. How many times has this happened during the course of American history? How many times has this happened during the course of human history?