Conflicted Choices

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.

Have you seen it, and what is your take away?

Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is a longtime Commonweal contributor.

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