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During Thursday’s Daily Briefing, Glenn referred to a pamphlet printed by the National Park Service in 1950 that discussed the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Abraham Lincoln was running as the Republican candidate for Senate in Illinois, and he explained the slavery debate in very simple yet powerful terms.
Lincoln believed the slavery debate had nothing to do with the people of the north and south. Had slavery been commonplace in the north instead of the south, the north would have been pro-slavery and the south abolitionists. Instead of looking to blame a group of people for what was going on, Lincoln sought to find a principle that could unite: It was the institution of slavery, not the people, that was evil.
Glenn believes that sentiment is what is missing from the immigration debate today. There are no politicians willing to break away from the blame game and start focusing on solutions.
“I don’t see any politicians dealing that way,” Glen said. “And that is how we have to be.”
Author and entrepreneur James Althucher and his wife, Claudia, were also in Thursday’s briefing, and they touched on the psychological component of the Lincoln tactic.
Blame, as James explains, requires one to live in the past, while working towards solutions is a present and future action. Washington D.C. is currently deadlocked as they try to pin this problem on one another. That has prevented more rational minds from prevailing and getting behind things like what Glenn and Mercury One are doing in providing humanitarian relief to those who are currently in the U.S. awaiting legal proceedings.
“People can’t seem to just focus on what is right,” James said before Claudia added: “It is difficult to get out of our heads and into our hearts.”