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Q: How can Lincoln take a position on something like, “Black Lives Matter” which just developed in recent months, a century and a half after his death?
A: He can’t. However, it is possible to take a comment of his that related to a nineteenth century event or an issue and apply it to a modern circumstance to which the words or principle seem relevant. In the instance of “Black Lives Matter”, Lincoln’s comments on chaos was spoke in 1838 before a young mens club in an address about…