Critics saw in America a ‘pigpen of freedom.’ He saw a cause worth dying for.
This article by Allen C. Guelzo appears in today’s edition of The Christian Science Monitor.
Can democracy be ugly?
What preoccupied the mind of Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address was precisely his fear that it could. Government of the people, by the people, and for the people might be all well and good in theory, but it can only be as good as the people themselves, and it was the judgment of most of the world in Lincoln’s day that the vast majority of the people were very likely to make democracy into a repulsive-looking mash.
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