Friday, December 21, 2012

Dear Mr. Lincoln

Things which are equal to the same things are equal to each other. 

So much has changed since your reign in office, yet so much else remains the same.

You may be a bit surprised at the state of the Democratic and Republican parties. You see, they seem to have traded places since the 1800s. There really isn't much to worry about, though, the Liberals are still hankering for equal rights for all. Speaking of which...

All citizens of the United States have the ability to vote. This includes people of all minorities and women. All citizens also have the right to an education and the opportunity to adequately provide for themselves and their families. We're still working on the equal pay thing.

What saddens me though, Mr. Lincoln, are the arguments that we are still having in this country.

We haven't fought a war on our soil since the Civil War, yet innocent people (such as yourself) are killed by weapons far more dangerous than those of your time every day. We have yet to figure out how to secure those who are innocent against such massacres. Women must still fight for equality in the workplace and for dominion over their own bodies. Many citizens of our nation are condemned for who they love because that person happens to be of the same gender or a different race. True equality has yet to be won.

In many ways we, the citizens of the United States, are lucky, Mr. Lincoln. But we are also very lacking. Our leaders today are driven, but driven only by the draw of the vote. Though they may start out with a clear vision in mind, their resilience is never realized, and they are swayed from the course of true change and progress.

It was you who said that America could only be destroyed from the inside. We are not yet destroying ourselves, but without the direction that marked your era in history, we have no way to save ourselves, and all that you built, either.