All men are created equal

 
“That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth”
— Abraham Lincoln
 
 

One would not ordinarily expect a boy born in a one room log cabin on a farm two centuries ago to do great things. Perhaps even less so if that boy should have had little formal education. However that boy grew up to lead his country through its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis.

He rose to the occasion through constant trials and setbacks. Perhaps those trials and setbacks prepared him to lead the nation to preserve the union and abolish slavery. The truths stated in the Declaration of Independence might have been self-evident but it took the courage and resolve of Lincoln to make them evident.

To stand up to ones own people, to face a bloody civil war and the breakup of the nation for an ideal. An ideal he enshrined in the iconic Gettysburg Address. An ideal echoing the immortal declaration the founding fathers penned but could not themselves live up to. Lincoln was a man far ahead of his time, who now belongs to the ages.