I'm referring to Lincoln's key role in deciding the fate of 303 Dakota Sioux Indians, who were condemned by a military court to be hanged in the aftermath of the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862. Lincoln refused to yield to pressure, and the lives of most of the accused Indians were spared.
The fruits of our forefathers' efforts to ensure freedom for all Americans -- the grand diversity of our nation -- are well on display as we celebrate the inauguration of an African-American president today and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation this year.
The president's statement certainly qualifies as his "profile in courage" moment. To take on one of the hot-button social issues less than 24 hours after North Carolina voted in opposition of same-sex marriage was indeed courageous.
The stories surrounding Abraham Lincoln makes him one of America's great heroes. A trip to Springfield, Illinois, where he spent 25 years as a citizen, lawyer and state representative prior to his presidency gives visitors a look at his humanity.
Senator Rubio's recent speech on Social Security was political fun and games. If we take it as serious analysis and policy prescription, millions of Americans and the economy would pay a terrible price.
This week's Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of denying marriage to same-sex couples revive Lincoln's contempt for popular sovereignty, implicate his fervor for the Declaration of Independence and test his determination to forge a United States infused with its spirit of equality.