11/30/2012—In the midst of the tainted politics of the fiscal cliff negotiations and in light of the tortured path of Obamacare, go see the movie Lincoln for its gritty representation of politics. It was ever thus. But in the hands of a statesman, politics can reach the highest heights of meaning and inspiration. Lincoln could use flawed humanity, including himself, for divine purposes. And you will also see the base and sublime invocations of religion. For others, justification, but for Lincoln, mortification. Even the crass elements rise up: the bought Democratic politicians finally realizing they are serving a greater good.