I wonder what Lincoln would that thought, after emancipating slavery from its segregation of white from black, only to slap him on the US currency, where a veiled segregation by income exists. A form of slavery that evolves separating the rich from the poor, as poverty strikes its relentless whip. The many that fall deep under its rule of dept, unable to free themselves into a comfortable retirement.
How many of us have conflicts with someone else- and how many of us pray for that person? We have individuals with whom we are competitive, or whom we dislike or have a quarrel with; but very few of us have true enemies in the martial sense. And yet if Lincoln could pray fervently- and contemporary reports indicate he did- for the people who were opposing him, how much more can we do for someone we just find a little irritating?
It is a well known fact that Abraham Lincoln spent much of his spare time visiting wounded soldiers in Union Army hospitals. I've spent thirty years teaching history at Columbia and I don't think I've spent more than fifteen minutes in the freshman dorm. Are we the ones keeping Lincoln's memory alive? Or are we burying it?