America changed forever, 150 years ago today

So many questions on what would have happened if there was no assassination.

In the course of American history, four presidents have been assassinated (Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy). Two others were shot, but survived (Theodore Roosevelt, who was out of office but running on the BullĀ  Moose ticket, and Ronald Reagan). And two more were shot at, one twice (Franklin Roosevelt and Gerald Ford). Countless politicians have been shot, some killed.

But we still can’t get anyone to act on gun control.

What it’s like to travel in time

So, I’m walking down the street in San Francisco today, and all of a sudden, I’m thinking, “I’ve been here before,” which is impossible because I’ve never been here before.

But I knew the street. When I got to the end, I saw this:

And that’s when I realized I had been here in my time machine, because I posted this in January:

The sense of being there was so real because I had been so fascinated with this video when I first saw it.

Obama in Selma

On March 7, 1965, about 600 people gathered to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

This is what happened:

It’s important to remember the history to fully appreciate Obama’s words. Some of us are old enough to remember when this happened. A lot of us weren’t even alive then and see it as ancient history.

Fifty years is a lifetime. But for some of us who watched the persecution and the beatings on television that night a half century ago, it really was only yesterday.