Did Lincoln Ever Even Read the Declaration of Independence?

Or was he hoping that most Americans had never read it, and that he could bamboozle them into a war “for the union”?  You be the judge:

“It is safe to assume that no government proper ever had a provision in its organic law for its own termination.”

— Abraham Lincoln, first inaugural address

“[T]o secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it . . .”

— Declaration of Independence


7:08 am on November 30, 2015