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  •  Lincoln would disagree, I think. (4+ / 0-)

    As he depended on a close reading of the Declaration as the document from which the Constitution flowed in all its legal implications. And although he would probably agree that the Declaration itself carried no legal weight in court, it was the philosophical basis and origin of the Constitution, the most liberal document yet devised for governance in the world.  This emphasis on the Declaration was his attempt to diminish the legal precedents based on the Constitution to date that were wrong vis a vis slavery and the rights of states and individuals to hold human property. He had to turn to the Declaration, in the Gettysburg Address, in the aftermath of victory, to make citizens understand how critical a NEW reading of the Constitution was by elevating the Declaration to the status of Origin of the Constitution. I think this view has great merit.

    See Garry Wills, "The Words that Remade America." Brilliant analysis, and crucial for Progressive understanding of how to win the big battles for American freedom now and in the future.

    Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

    by OregonOak on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 04:34:11 PM PDT

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