An Unexpected Interview With President Lincoln. “If I were in your shoes, Miss, I reckon I’d allow Friend Trump a few more yards of rope.”

“That government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The young couple stare up at the silent statuary. Hugging each other for warmth. Silent in the presence of the author of the Gettysburg Address, the Great Emancipator, the Union’s martyred saviour. Together, they recite the words incised into the rear wall of the temple:

IN THIS TEMPLE
AS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE
FOR WHOM HE SAVED THE UNION
THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
IS ENSHRINED FOREVER

 I wonder what he would say, if he was here, whispers the young woman. I wonder how he’d react to President Trump.

“Well, Miss, I reckon I’d ask him what in the name of the Good Lord he believes himself to be doing to my Republican Party.”

Bowalley Road by Chris Trotter

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