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Andre - I'm not sure how you find what I write here "slanderous" and I think you (rather uncharitably) mischaracterize some of my observations. I AM trying to point out an irony, though not the one you end with. I simply observe that in our "large" and ever-connected world (globalization, social media, et. al) we are curiously tempted toward "small" lives: focusing inward on our own gratification, stimulation, etc. It's not universally true, of course, but it's an identifiable and troubling trend. I'm careful not to romanticize or over-simplify Lincoln and his time but I think it's also identifiably true that the stand-out politicians of that era (for all their flaws) did exhibit a kind of largess that is missing from our current politicial landscape.