A preface then two questions:
Lincoln author James L. Swanson question to David Hirsch after Hirsch's presentation “And the War Came: The Geography of Language” at the National Archives II Abraham Lincoln Institute 14th Annual Symposium, March 26, 2011.
“Are you pessimistic, because unlike in the case of Lincoln, when we know he wrote 99 percent of all the words he uttered in public, or his mind thought those words and then he said them, are you pessimistic about the rise of political speech writers in the modern era? Does that forever break the link between the mind of the leader and the words spoken to the public, and does that lead to great trouble? Are we at the stage now where we can never go back to the mind and time of Lincoln, because the speech writer now intervenes between leader and public?”
1. How does "Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason" affect the answer to James L. Swanson's question?
2. How does "Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and the Structure of Reason" affect the answer to James L. Swanson's question?