I found Michael Gerson's column in today's Washington Post about the movie "Lincoln" well-written and thoughtful. I haven't seen the movie, but his reflection makes me want to go. He ends:
The union would be well served today by herding all 535 of its legislators into a darkened theater for a screening of Lincoln. The issues they face from public debt to immigration are less momentous than slavery but momentous enough for discomfort. They might take away a greater appreciation for flexibility and compromise. They should also note that the dramatic culmination of the movie is a roll call a list of forgotten legislators whose hesitant, conflicted choices were as important as the outcome of battle. Their shared profession may lack in dignity but not in consequence.