A bit of historical revisionism used to inculcate the idea that America was meant to be a democracy!
Did Abraham Lincoln view America as a Democracy in his Gettysburg Address?
A lie of omission remains, a lie.
This above-listed Washington Post article notes that in the Gettysburg Address, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln uttered the following words
under God, this democracy shall not perish from the earth”
but Lincoln did not use the word “democracy“, but actually said,
“under God, this government shall not perish from the earth.”
While there is speculation about Lincoln’s exact words in the Gettysburg Address (as they were transcribed after his actual short speech took place), Lincoln never signed a translation that used the “democracy” word.
If polled with the following question “Is America a Democracy“, the overwhelming majority of Americans would answer “yes“, but they would be wrong.
Democracy is often confused as Democratic, but there are fundamental differences that outline why these words are not synonymous, but that, is for a different article to delve into.
It is literally a failure when a writer produces material to correct/show the correction of someone else while engaging in a bit of “spin” themselves.
An ignorant writer could have made this mistake, but not one intent on passing on misinformation, to fool the readers.
As the “source” for this corrected-correction is the Washington Post, I expect lies, deceit, and other misinformation.
Actual Gettysburg Address transcription signed by Abraham Lincoln.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—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.