The truths of the Declaration are eternally relevant, a perpetual call to honor liberty and the dignity of the individual ... Our republican robe is soiled, and trailed in the dust. Let us re-purify it. Let us turn and wash it white, in the spirit, if not the blood, of the Revolution.
~ Abraham Lincoln, from a speech given in Peoria, Illinois in 1854
I don't agree with many of the actions taken by President Lincoln while in office, but he was certainly on track, here.