I saw Steven Spielberg's Lincoln yesterday.
It was a terrific movie...well acted, well directed, and well staged. It should be a strong contender for Best Picture at the Academy Awards; Steven Spielberg should be a strong contender for Best Director; Daniel Day-Lewis should be a strong contender for Best Actor; and Sally Fields should be a strong contender for Best Supporting Actress.
All that aside, the picture depicts (I think with reasonable accuracy) Abraham Lincoln buying votes for the 13th Amendment--effectively bribing legislators to cast their votes in favor—and causing others to buy votes for that Amendment.
The Amendment effectively ended the abomination of slavery in the United States.
Your opinions, if I may: Did the ends justify the means in this case?I suggest the ends often justify the means…and in this particular case, I definitely think they did. But I acknowledge that some people think "principle" ought be the trumping priority...and I solicit their arguments in that direction.