The Civil War Connections Blog

On the movie Lincoln

Now that I have written a couple of “blogs” I suppose I am a pro; however I don’t feel as though I have done a credible job as of this writing.  So today, I will give it another shot.

I saw the  movie “Lincoln” when it came out and cannot express the impact it had on me.  To acknowledge the supreme portrayal given by D. D. Lewis is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  The entire cast brings to life all those pivotal in the battle to pass the 13th amendment, even though their personal commitment may have vacillated from time to time as the discussions heated up.  And truth be told, I too, found the arguments espoused by Cabinet members and Congressmen to be little different from the arguments made in today’s Congress on the subject of the “fiscal cliff.”  How little things change over time:  only the calendar dates move on to a better tomorrow.

And this very narrowness of our national mindset is driving our nation today, just as it did 150 years ago.  Where are the statesmen?  Where are the leaders?  We are in desperate need of those with skills at maneuvering through this “slough of despond” which has brought us to the brink of disaster.  While the future of our democracy is not in doubt, the future of our financial health is certainly in doubt.  And this untenable situation could well foretell just how our nation progresses.  Can it be resolved without tossing us to the wolves?  I hope so and pray it happens.