The Straits Times
Published on Nov 27, 2012

Lincoln lived and breathed the ideals he set


I AGREE wholeheartedly with last Saturday's commentary ("Politics is noble business - just watch Lincoln"), which concluded that "politics doesn't produce many Lincolns".

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, lived and breathed the ideals of his famous Gettysburg Address. He presided over the most crucial period of America's history since the country was founded.

Leadership to ensure a nation's survival makes politics a noble business.

Looking at the world of politics today and the upheaval among some nations, it is difficult to find nobility in many political aspects.

Do we often see politicians take responsibility for their actions and those of their subordinates? Do we see them make no excuses for bad situations and hold themselves accountable - epitomised by former US President Harry Truman's famous line: "The buck stops here"?

I will set aside the few hours to watch the movie Lincoln when it comes to Singapore. I want to see how Lincoln made politics noble.

Chen Sen Lenn