Today we look back on the momentous day Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States, an event that sparked secession and the Civil War, which lasted the entirety of his presidency. He was re-elected in 1864, and then assassinated only 5 days after the end of the war in 1865. Going into the 1860 election, he was the long shot and the underdog. In the short time he was in the Oval Office, however, he profoundly influenced a fledgling America for the better. Although he didn’t seem particularly promising a figure to begin with, he proved to be a tremendous military strategist and an orator for that ages. In possibly the darkest days of our country, he was a beacon of integrity and the country was the better for him. Isn’t that nice? Earlier this week, enough liberals stayed home instead of voting to allow a vile group of asshats to take a number of important political seats. In my own city of Austin, the anti-rail faction spread enough lies to gain the majority vote in opposing a transit infrastructure package, and we lost millions in matching federal funds. This is a discouraging time.
And so, on this day, to celebrate the underdog and remain hopeful for the long shot, we also look forward to the future: