On this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Despite the fact that he oversaw a period of war, I admire him, especially because he took actions that spelled the end of slavery in this country. To be sure, it took another 100 years before guarantees of civil rights were strengthened and we’re still working on unfounded discrimination. However, Mr. Lincoln took important early steps in ending the abomination of human enslavement. In addition, I admire the superb rhetoric he employed in speeches such as the Gettysburg and second innaugural addresses.
When I was a child, schools still observed both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays separately. Now we have “President’s Day.” It’s not quite the same.
Happy birthday, Mr. Lincoln.