This movie is soaked in politics. I hope everyone can see it.
When you see it, test yourself about which characters you identify yourself with. I was reminded of a letter I received from a lady well known in our community during the anti abortion protest period years ago.
She lamented she had not become involved with the anti segregation marches in the 1960′s and 70′s. But, she was proud she was doing what she considered to be the same thing, working against abortion and gay rights.
What??, I thought. Depriving rights from women and gays is like being on the side of black people during the civil rights struggles?
I learned later most anti abortion rights and anti gay rights people think of themselves in this way. When watching the Lincoln movie, they will identify with Lincoln, thinking of themselves as part of a noble effort the make society better for everyone.
Of course, those of us supporting women’s rights and gay rights also identify ourselves with Lincoln. We are unable to see how our opponents think depriving groups of rights has anything whatsoever in common with Lincoln’s effort.
That these two hopelessly different perspectives exist within our society at the same time does not mean they are unresolvable. Eventually one will come to prevail over the other in public opinion as happened in slavery and later segregation.
I see many reasons both gay rights and women’s right to abortion will prevail, but politics is full of surprises.
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