The speech remains eternally inspiring for the way Lincoln refrained from laying explicit blame at the feet of an enemy so embittered to the cause upon which he’d staked his life (literally, as it would turn out) that it had eagerly thrown itself into its own fight to the death.
Lincoln sidestepped all that rage. And in so doing, he sidestepped the lessons of Gettysburg, thereby failing to predict—or prevent—the ways in which they were fated to play out over the next century and a half.
Having lost the election that so many of their party predicted as a sure thing, republicans are now mulling over reforms in their thinking on Latinos,blacks, gays, immigrants, etc. It is not enough to change form and say, “Welcome into our tent!” You have to mean it. You have to change not only your policies. You have to change your true feelings in your collective hearts. I know it’s hard to do that. The Civil War was in the 1800’s, yet some still believe/hope that “the South will rise again.” It won’t, no matter how many secession petitions are sent to the Whitehouse. White republicans have to believe in equality of all races and champion the dignity of man. Together we can make America reclaim her destiny! —GoodOleWoody