I saw Lincoln today. Highly recommend it in light of the shape of politics today. What was interesting is the whole movie centered on the 13th Amendment:
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
And it was no different than Congress today, split, splintered and corrupt. But the race was on passing the Amendment before the Civil War Ended. And it was passed. But the one thing at the beginning of the movie was Union Soldiers reciting the Gettysburg address as their mantra to win the war. Overall, it was very good. The theater gave it a standing applause. Speilberg did a great job. Danial-Dey Lewis played lincoln great for a Brit. Tommy Lee Jones was good along with Sally Field. The DRY Humor of the time was hysterical. Licoln said Ethen Allen went to Britian for the settlement of the Revolutionary war. At one point needed the “water closet” In it was a portrait of Washington. The Brit thought it would offend him, but Allen turned it around and said no offense, but was sure every Brit that used the WC was repulsed and made to shit at the sight of him.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.