Contrary to Professor Jaffa, it is my view that the Declaration of Independence is not very revolutionary at all.  Nor the Revolution itself.  Nor the Constitution.  Only Mr. Lincoln and those who gave him support, both in his day and in the following century.  And the moralistic, verbally disguised instrument which Lincoln invented may indeed be the most revolutionary force in the modern world: a pure gnostic force. ~M.E. Bradford, A Better Guide Than Reason