While our politics have become a shouting match of pander and slander, name-calling and talking points, celebrity media and instant misanalysis, C-SPAN shines as an exemplar of what a free press in a free nation should be.
Does anyone seriously believe that the vision of our Founders was that guys who carry a gun on their hips 24/7 are "super-citizens" with greater political rights than senior citizens, minorities, the impoverished?
President Barack Obama's admiration for Abraham Lincoln is well known. He even calls Lincoln his "favorite president." Both were confronted with the greatest civil rights issue of their generation. For Obama, it is gay rights and for Lincoln, it was the institution of slavery.
Abraham Lincoln is the most revered president. This is especially striking in light of the fact that Lincoln presided over a period more challenging and economically destructive than any other in America's history.
How much can a piece of paper be worth? Quite a lot, if it has Abraham Lincoln's signature on it. The actual value of the over-sized sheet of paper that went on display Wednesday at the New-York Historical Society has not been disclosed.
Today, we know a lot more about mental illness than we did forty years ago. But given the grueling and brutal demands of modern campaigning, we would be extremely unlikely to embrace a presidential candidate who acknowledged taking drugs for a psychiatric condition.