I woke up this morning and watched Meet the Press as a part of my Sunday morning ritual. The discussions surrounded the movie Lincoln and how his leadership skills could be applied to our current political landscape. The folks on this mornings Round Table session were amazing. Andrea Mitchell, Dave Brooks, Ken Burns, Rev. Al Sharpton and Carly Fiorina joined David with a discussion that looked at the Fiscal Cliff as well as what Obama must do to bring changes by leveraging Capitol Hill. Each had an opportunity to give input and did so with no interruption. They listened to each other and you could see they understood the other persons point of view. They all agreed that if we can prove our form of government is governable we are in a great position to move forward with increased opportunities for the future.
The movie Lincoln was used as an example of the kind of leadership that will be required to lead this country forward. Something we haven't seen in a very long time. Mr. Lincoln used every avenue available to him to get the necessary votes to pass the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery. My wife and I attended the local theater early show this morning to watch the movie, Lincoln. It was a very good movie and if you have an opportunity to see it, by all means do so. As a history buff standing on the side lines of today's political mess it was refreshing and I can only hope that the parties involved in solving our issues today take a moment and go watch the movie and learn something about concession, wrangling, compromise, and leadership.