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Letter: Movie about Lincoln offers lessons for today

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From: Doug Bell


Received: Nov. 23

Perhaps the movie “Lincoln” will encourage our nation to deal with important matters before us. If you have not seen it, please go.

The movie shows our government can lead, while history shows that despite deep divisions, we can come together as a country around a solution. Surely the disputes we face today are less divisive than slavery and a nation torn asunder.

The movie also shows representative government can be messy. But Winston Churchill reminded us there is no better choice when he said, “Democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” Can America be the light of the world if we do not use democracy to advance the common good?

The torch has been passed to us. We must work together so that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Congress, are you up to it? Citizens, are you?

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