You may favor the message, but that don’t make it true.
He began his transformation of purpose 150 years ago this month with a distortion of history that claimed that the United States had been committed to equality and liberty in its original form and the present conflict was to preserve a nation “so conceived and so dedicated.” For this purpose he had to declare that the nation began “four score and seven years ago” — i.e. 1776 — which is rank and utter nonsense. There was no nation when the colonies issued a Declaration of Independence to explain their rebellion and there didn’t become one until the Constitution was ratified thirteen years later. And that Constitution, and the nation that it created, had nothing to do with being “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” a complete absurdity for in fact it makes no mention of equality at all — and indeed endorses the institution of slavery.