Lincoln & Hero Worship


While the neverending musical numbers march on, allow me to offer a diatribe.

Abraham Lincoln was cool, but he wasn't that cool. Sure, he went to painstaking and meticulous lengths to preserve the Union. And yes, he was a brilliant writer and speaker. Oh yeah, and he destroyed slavery with ice-cold politicking.

But his administration was often sharply criticized, his bravest, boldest decisions questioned. His failures were forgotten and his successes singularly attributed to him alone. Sound familiar?

A great man is still only...