Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Infrastructure Man

"Lincoln is, quite simply, the greatest argument against despair in dark times that our history provides."

Drew Gilpin Faust, "The Progress of Our Arms," book review: Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln As Commander in Chief by James M. McPherson.

"What young Lincoln stood for when he first came before the public...was not an end to the abomination of slavery, or a proclamation of the ideal of equality, or a proposal for a more perfect union, but rather the clearing of the Sangamon River...so that it would be navigatble."

William Lee Miller, Lincoln's Virtues: An Ethical Biography.

Who knows exactly where the Sangamon River flows or what commerce, if any, it still enables? Sounds like one of those earmarks. Lincoln was an infrastructure man. All this is to say that I'm glad President Obama is investing in 21st-century infrastructure while promoting equality and stirring up grassroots democracy.

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