Sullivan Ballou’s letter to his wife is a beautiful tribute to the duty, fidelity, and sacrifice of a Union soldier before the first clash in the American Civil War.

That couldn’t stop Chuck Schumer from cribbing from it to rally Democrats against the incoming presidential administration.

My very dear Sara the indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days, perhaps tomorrow. If it is necessary that I should fall on the battlefield for my country, I am ready. I have no misgivings about or lack of confidence in the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly American civilization now leans upon the triumph of the government and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us, through the blood and suffering of the revolution. And I am willing, perfectly willing, to lay down all my joys in this life to help maintain this government and to pay that debt. Sarah, my love for you is deathless. It seems to bind me to you with a mighty cables that nothing but overwhelm nip tense can break, and yet my love of for your is country com like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly upon with all he’s chains to the battlefield.

Democrats might face the same fate as Ballou but not in service to the same cause. But President Trump is no Jefferson Davis. And the Party of Lincoln is clearly not the Confederacy.

While Trump’s been maligned as a racist and xenophobe, he’s neither. For all his faults, the new president is more interested in being popular than anything else. In fact, his stated goal is becoming president “for all Americans.”

Those facts run contrary to Schumer’s narrative and that’s what made his address so overwrought and nakedly partisan. By subtly painting Trump as a tyrant, he’s trying to undermine the incoming administration before Trump even sets up shop in the Oval Office. And perhaps more importantly, it gives an indication of Democrat’s coming resistance strategy.

If Trump’s a tyrant, then any means are appropriate to oppose him. Outnumbered in Congress and with few parliamentary options, Schumer is painting the coming struggle with the administration as a fight against a tyranny no less deplorable than the Confederacy.

At a moment when the nation should be celebrating the peaceful transition of power, Schumer opted to take a subtle pot shot at the president.

Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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