Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy shared more than just being leaders during critical times and the misfortune of lives cut short. They shared a power of will to drive the nation, sometimes single-handedly, toward a destination that few but they realized was attainable.
The Gettysburg Address was and is still the wish, the hope, and the vision of America as a concept, Jefferson's dream come alive to evolve and continue to seek what its author once mused are "our better angels".
It is inevitable -- and at times maddening -- that this change is messy and slow. But change does come, and that is heartening to me. As Lincoln noted at Gettysburg, there is unfinished work ahead of us.