The democratic party is trying to remove God given rights from our conscience, and therefore even law schools place the constitution above the Declaration of Independence or act as if there was no connection; but the constitution is based on and written to fulfill the basic reason we formed this nation, to recognize and protect Creator given rights (as the Dec. clearly stated), and thus recognize that the Creator is over and above human government. In a speech long before he became president Lincoln said, “If the negro is a man, why then my ancient faith teaches me that all men are created equal; and there can be no moral right in connection with one man making a slave of another.” Abraham Lincoln, speech in Peoria Illinois, October 16, 1854; and again in his famous Gettysburg Address he repeats and quotes the Declaration of Independence “four score and seven years ago, our father’s brought forth a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the principle that all men are created equal…” Those rights are not repeated in the constitution because as they noted, “We hold these truths to be self-evident…”. And the same men who wrote the constitution wrote the Declaration of Independence- After elected though, Lincoln was wavering on slavery, and unsure if it was worth fighting a war over; and he could not find clearly worded ground in the constitution to start a full out civil war to end it in all states- He was in a quagmire. However he then ordered a copy of the Dec, be delivered to him, and after much study realized what the fathers meant and how they felt it must be dealt with- he then and only then ordered troops into disputed territory, starting the war.
Lincoln clarified that he would never start a war except to protect the very reason our country was formed, and that is the supremacy of God over man’s government and the existence of those troublesome God given rights as stated in our Declaration of Independence-
“While he opened with a conciliatory tone, promising that he would never of his own volition “consent to the destruction of this Union,” he qualified his promise with “unless it were to be that thing for which the Union itself was made.” Two days later, speaking in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, he clarified what he meant by those portentous words. Moved by a keen awareness that he was speaking in the hall where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, he asserted that he had “never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration… . It was not the mere matter of the separation of the colonies from the mother land; but something in that Declaration” that provided “hope to the world for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance.” If the Union could “be saved upon that basis,” he would be among “the happiest men in the world”; but if it “cannot be saved without giving up that principle,” he maintained, he “would rather be assassinated on this spot than to surrender it.”
Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Team of Rivals (p. 310). Simon & Schuster, Inc.. Kindle Edition.