On SPN 6.18, Sam and Dean get sent back to Sunrise, Wyoming, to March 4, 1861. I wondered what else was going on in the US on that day. I don't know if the writers planned it but there were some pretty historically important things that happened that day that are cool particularly in light of the current situation in Heaven on SPN.
Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for his first term as president of the US on Monday, March 4, 1861. Part of the ceremony included Lincoln making his first inaugural address. The speech was primarily addressed to the people of the South, where seven states had seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America. The Stars and Bars flag was adopted by the Confederacy on March 4, 1861 in Montgomery, Alabama and raised over that first Confederate Capitol. As part of his address, he talked about his argument that the Union was indissolvable.
"Plainly the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy. A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people."Although Lincoln spoke against it, within about a month, the US was at the beginning of a civil war. Heaven appears to be in the midst of a civil war and previously followed rules have been thrown out the window. Atropos, the Fate, complained about how Heaven was basically in a state of anarchy in the last episode.
Lincoln also addressed the people of the country about how it would be to work with each other as adversaries while incapable of being physically separated. That sounds a lot like many situations through the seasons on SPN, especially for Sam and Dean in the last couple of seasons.
"Physically speaking, we can not separate. We can not remove our respective sections from each other nor build an impassable wall between them. A husband and wife may be divorced and go out of the presence and beyond the reach of each other, but the different parts of our country can not do this. They can not but remain face to face, and intercourse, either amicable or hostile, must continue between them. Is it possible, then, to make that intercourse more advantageous or more satisfactory after separation than before? Can aliens make treaties easier than friends can make laws? Can treaties be more faithfully enforced between aliens than laws can among friends? Suppose you go to war, you can not fight always; and when, after much loss on both sides and no gain on either, you cease fighting, the identical old questions, as to terms of intercourse, are again upon you."
The conclusion of his address is what stood out for me the most.
"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
Bonds of affection have been broken all over the place. In this episode Cas and Rachel, his friend and lieutenant, fought to the death. I wonder what will happen to the affection between Cas and the Winchesters when they find out whatever he's been up to.
On an unrelated topic, if you would like to buy Sunrise, Wyoming, it appears to have been put up for sale for $1,600,000. In about 1898 up to 1980, Sunrise was home to a large iron mine. Whether the Winchesters showed up or not, it probably would not have been a healthy place for Elias Finch to stay as demonstrated by Dean throwing an iron nail to the phoenix and burning his hand. Irony?