Showing posts with label American history. Show all posts
Showing posts with label American history. Show all posts

Friday, July 8, 2016

With All Due Respect To Reddit's r/Conservative Page...


....HRC's got a point there; it might not be the point they like, but its' a vaild point; looking back at American history, its' only been in the past few decades that Americans' of all stripes have been able to fully contribute to society - in voting, politics, business, etc. - and its' really gotten under the skin of Americans' who seemingly want to yearn for and return us to the good old days....you know, the days when women stayed in the kitchen, blacks didn't try to assert their rights, LGBTs' stayed in the closet, etc.,etc.,etc.

Well, all I can say to them is that, hopefully, those days won't ever freaking come back...

Monday, July 4, 2016

Declaration Of Independence, 4 July 2016

....from July 4th, 2015.... 

--In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
A DECLARATION By the REPRESENTATIVES of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, In GENERAL CONGRESS assembled.

WHEN in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness—-That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the Present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People; unless those People would relinquish the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyrants only.

He has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their public Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the People.

He has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and Convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and Amount and Payment of their Salaries.

He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.

He has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our Legislature.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the World:

For imposing taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rule in these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Powers to legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our People.

He is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners of their Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic Insurrections among us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.

Nor have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress,
JOHN HANCOCK, President.

Attest. CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Oh, Look: A Safe Space!

....to quote Gay PatriotWho knew Alabama (in the 1950's) was on the cutting edge of Progressive thought?

....and yet people still think Republicans' are the racists? Who the hell are they kidding?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Letter From A Birmingham Jail


Quoting: McCombs Management Professor James Fredrickson has been using Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" in his MBA Art of Leadership class for many years. "It is very powerful and illustrates a lot of important leadership issues," Fredrickson said. "It's a wonderful piece of writing, the language is vivid, and it is a great example of the role language can play in leadership."

Several years ago, a friend suggested that instead of having the students read the MLK letter, perhaps a dramatic reading would be a great substitute. "It is one thing to read it, another to hear it spoken," Fredrickson said. A call to Lucien Douglas, associate professor of acting & directing at the College of Fine Arts, led him to Corey Jones, then an acting student pursuing his Master's of Fine Arts degree. Jones rehearsed and came into Fredrickson's class and did a dramatic reading of the letter. The students loved it.

The next step seemed logical. Fredrickson then decided to stage the reading for film to use in his class in later years. Another call to Douglas and Fredrickson had a director in Ya'Ke Smith, who had recently graduated with his Master's of Fine Arts degree from the film program, to go along with the actor Jones.

The following 54-minute movie is the result, with the old Georgetown, Texas, jail sitting in for Birmingham in 1963. It starts with the published statement by eight fellow clergymen that prompted King's response. The film was funded by Fredrickson's endowed professorship, the Tom E. Nelson, Jr. Regents Professorship, and the McCombs School's Department of Management.

Even 5 decades after, King's words still ring throughout history...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Donald Trump Turns Up Attacks On Hillary Clinton

....given this current generation's views on consent, sexual assault and everything surrounding those issues, this could actually wing Hillary the Queen Bitch some...
All wasn’t peaceful and quiet over the holidays, at least not as far as Donald Trump is concerned. The Republican presidential front-runner ramped up his attacks against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and is now turning his attention to her husband, former President Bill Clinton. But the Clinton campaign is pushing back.
The former Democratic president has a “terrible record of women abuse,” Trump tweeted this morning. (ABC News)
Now, why is this important? Well, given her husband's history, her touting of women's issues smacks of hypocrisy and is something that should be attacked at every possible opportunity; hopefully, Trump won't be the only Republican to go after Hillary along these lines as the campaign moves along.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The 224th Anniversary Of The Bill Of Rights

Today marked the 224th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution...the Bill of Rights, of course, are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution but they are much, much more than that; they are an enshrinement of one of the hallmarks of American equality and that is the rule of law, that all men are equal before it, regardless and irrespective of race, class, gender, orientation, status, ethnicity, etc.,etc.,etc.,...

As Patriot Post's Mark Alexander points out, the Bill of Rights originated from three equally remarkable documents....
  • John Locke's Two Treatises Of Government, which laid out the basics for what a civil society should look like but also brought forth the idea that for government to function, it must have the consent of the governed
  • the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which addressed the rights of man, including the inherent and inalienable right to reform government as needed
  • and the Declaration of Independence, which set forth not only the declaration of American independence from Great Britain but also, (a)laid forth the reasons behind her independence from the mother country and (b)re-asserted that man had certain inherent and inalienable rights that government could not take away
Taken in context, the Bill of Rights is not only a codification of the rights of man but also a proscription against government encroachment of said rights; we may argue, bitch and moan about either point but without the Bill of Rights, America would be a far darker place than it is today.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Looking Back...

Quoting: "ESPN First Take" looks back at the announcement made by Howard Cosell on John Lennon's murder.

35 years ago, the world lost one of the great musicians of his day; back then, there was no social media, no internet as we know it....but for the sheer coincidence of an ABC producer being in the same ER as John Lennon when they brought him into NYC's Roosevelt Hospital, it would've been the next day before news broke of what happened. One can only imagine what was going on in the ABC Sports booth between Howard Cosell & Frank Gifford that night as news filtered down to them from New York over what happened...

One can also imagine how very much different things would be nowadays if such an event happened; with the 24hour news cycle, social media outlets, the internets, the blogosphere....that news would've shot out from the Big Apple in a heartbeat - maybe not even at that speed but faster. It was definitely not a night to be in the news business and you can tell by Cosell's voice - Cosell was good friends w/Lennon at the time - that he really didn't want to break the news of what happened that night but as Gifford points out, they were literally Johnny-On-The-Spot with the news and they had an obligation to report it, for good or for ill.

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Myth Of The Southern Strategy

If there isn't a more damnable lie in American politics than the myth of the Southern Strategy, I can't think of one...neither can Powerline Blog's Steven Hayward, whose 2013 article on the subject still ranks as the go-to article for debunking the myth.

Now, did some politically nasty fellows used the shifting political sands of the 1950's & 1960's to switch parties and political allegiances? Yeah, most likely...but as Hayward points out,
The point of all this is not to deny that Richard Nixon may have invited some nasty fellows into his political bed. The point is that the GOP finally became the region’s dominant party in the least racist phase of the South’s entire history, and it got that way by attracting most of its votes from the region’s growing and confident communities—not its declining and fearful ones. The myth’s shrillest proponents are as reluctant to admit this as they are to concede that most Republicans genuinely believe that a color-blind society lies down the road of individual choice and dynamic change, not down the road of state regulation and unequal treatment before the law. The truly tenacious prejudices here are the mythmakers’.(Powerline Blog)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

John Bolton's PAC Goes "Daisy" On Rand Paul

Remember LBJ's infamous "Daisy" ad from the 1964 Presidential Campaign? You know, the one where they show this little girl standing in a medow, picking petals from a daisy....then this harsh metallic voice comes up and counts down to zero, whereupon we see a nuclear blast? Well, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton - someone who probably shouldn't be put anywhere near the nuclear button - thought it'd be nice to pull a "Daisy" of his own...against KY Sen. Rand Paul - who, by the way, is also running for President...


...I'm of two minds here: on the one hand, someone really should remind Mr. Bolton that Rand Paul is not Ron Paul; this kind of ad would've worked well agst. the elder Paul but I doubt it'll affect the younger Paul much. On the other hand, its' a reminder - a blunt reminder, to be sure, but a reminder - of the somewhat feckless approach to U.S. foreign policy that a Rand Paul administration would bring.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Seared Music: Paul Davis - "'65 Love Affair"

...there's a great backstory to this song...now, the basic gist of the song is about an unrequited high school romance that the singer is remembering rather fondly; the backstory of it is that when Davis originally wrote the tune, he'd entitled it "'55 Love Affair"...unfortunately, the geniuses at Arista, in a case of executive meddling, asked him to change the number from 55 to 65...

...which he did, though he kept all the 50's references w/in the song in the song. On top of that, Davis really disliked how commercially successful the song eventually became (it became one of two Top-5 Billboard Adult Contemporary songs, the other being "Cool Night") and it was a major factor in him all-but-retiring from the music scene....

....and that, Paul Harvey would say, "is the rest of the story."

Friday, July 10, 2015

What Makes America Different?

Quoting Prager University: Is America really that great? Or is the United States just like any other nation? Outsiders tend to be the best judge of character, and Nick Adams, a best-selling Australian author and political commentator, gives an outsider's view of the USA.

He's right...try finding another country such as America. Go on, try; we'll wait. :)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
A DECLARATION By the REPRESENTATIVES of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, In GENERAL CONGRESS assembled.

WHEN in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness—-That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the Present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People; unless those People would relinquish the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyrants only.

He has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their public Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the People.

He has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and Convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and Amount and Payment of their Salaries.

He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.

He has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our Legislature.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the World:

For imposing taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rule in these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Powers to legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our People.

He is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners of their Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic Insurrections among us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.

Nor have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress,
JOHN HANCOCK, President.

Attest. CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Pin The Tail On The Donkey: The Racist History Of The Democrat Party

Quoting: The Dems want to pin the Confederate Flag, KKK, Great Depression, urban decay, and harsh marriage laws on the GOP... pin the tale on the Donkey instead!

....remind me again which party's the racist one? Oh, that's right: it was the Democrat Party!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Five Myths About Why The South Seceded

Next time someone tries to convince you that the South tried to secede in 1860-1861 for altruistic reasons, give them these five reasons back in return and let them stew...
  • Myth #1: The South seceded over states’ rights. While neo-Confederates and their fellow travelers will tell you that, the reality is that the Confederacy were hypocrites here; they didn't support states' rights...that is, if you were a state opposed to slavery. Go back and read South Carolina's “Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union.” and tell me they still seceded over states' rights...go on, I'll wait. (Truth is, until the 1850's, the South had dominated the federal government, which pretty much allowed them to set the table on states' rights.)
  • Myth #2: Secession was about tariffs and taxes. This pernicious lie came about during the worst period of race relations in the U.S., the 1890's and the period leading up to Plessy v. Ferguson and the beginnings of Jim Crow in America and is based on the lie that the South left due to high tariffs and taxes imposed on them by Washington. The reality here is that they'd tried this once before, during the Nullification Crisis of 1831-1833 and Andrew Jackson - a Southerner, no less - pretty much threatened to drag South Carolina back into the Union with force. In this case, this myth is a flat-out lie: tariffs & taxes weren't much of a concern to the South in 1860 and it'd been Southern politicians who'd led the 1857 tariff fight, which set the tariffs regime in place at the time of the Civil War (and those tariffs were some of the lowest in U.S. history, too.)
  • Myth #3: Most white Southerners didn’t own slaves, so they wouldn’t secede for slavery. This point can be conceded in part...most white Southerners didn't own slaves...however, most supported the institution of slavery (and the institution of white supremacy) and therefore supported secession...with the exception of four areas w/in the Confederacy: (1)Western Virginia (which itself seceded from Virginia in 1861 and joined the Union in 1863), (2)Western N.C., (3)Eastern Tennessee and (4)Northern Alabama. These three areas raised so much opposition to Richmond's rule that Confederate forces were needed to quell insurrections in those regions...much to the benefit of Union forces.
  • Myth #4: Abraham Lincoln went to war to end slavery. At first, the Civil War wasn't fought to end slavery; it was fought to preserve the Union...and Lincoln himself conceded that if he could end the war w/out dealing with slavery, he could, but he also conceded that such a union wouldn't survive over time. Eventually, it was both political and moral considerations that prompted Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which proclaimed the freedom of slaves w/in areas controlled by the Confederacy. This had 2 major effects: it made the ending of slavery a Union war aim and it also turned foreign opinion against the South by ensuring that if Europe's major powers - Great Britain & France - supported the South, they would, besides supporting an insurrection, also be supporting slavery, something neither country's citizens wanted to be seen as doing.
  • Myth #5: The South couldn't've survived long as a slave nation because slavery was on its' last legs. This one fails practicality: in 1860, the South produced almost 75% of the slaves exported from the United States...indeed, the total worth of those slaves was more than the combined worth of all the manufacturing & railroad capacity of the entire United States. In addition, pro-Confederate sympathizers had long coveted territory in both Mexico and the Caribbean as places to expand slavery, so why would anyone think it was on its' last legs? In fact, the U.S. wasn't the last major Western Hemisphere country to abolish slavery...that honor went to Brazil, which abolished it in 1888, nearly a quarter-century after the U.S. did so. The difference: Brazil didn't have to go to war to end it, unlike the United States.
Your move, neo-Confederates.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Confederacy Is Not Our Heritage

99 times out of 100 times, I wouldn't give the deluded idiots that inhabit the progressive site Daily Kos the frickin' time of day...but goddamn if DK writer Mark Sumner isn't right in that 1 out of 100 occasion when he writes that those who honor the Confederacy in all its' forms are not honoring anything but the actions of those who tried to break the United States of America apart back in the 1860's...quoting in full:
I grew up in Kentucky barely 30 miles from the Jefferson Davis Monument. I've strolled the cemeteries full of time-rounded headstones and walked the battlefields where uniform buttons and the pale oxidized lumps of Minie balls still peek from the ground after a hard rain. I've watched reenactors run screaming over hills and heard the gut-punch thump of a period canon fired in memorial at sunset.
But the Confederacy is not my heritage. It's not anyone's heritage. The Confederacy is our shame. In the whole of the Confederacy, there is not one thing to be proud of. Not the men. Not their actions. Certainly not the ideals.
You'll see people today proclaiming that the Confederacy was launched over an issue of "state's rights," or on some esoteric principle. No. That idea didn't even appear until decades after the hot portion of the Civil War turned into the cooler years that have followed. You'll also see it expressed simply that the war was fought for slavery. But that's not quite right, either.
The Confederacy was launched not on a platform of slavery, but on a foundation of racism. That it maintained slavery as an institution was a feature. That it upheld racism was the design. Read the words of Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens, speaking at the Athenaeum in Savannah, Georgia:
The new Constitution has put at rest forever all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institutions—African slavery as it exists among us—the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson, in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the "rock upon which the old Union would split." He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact. But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands, may be doubted. The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old Constitution were, that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with; but the general opinion of the men of that day was, that, somehow or other, in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away. ... Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the idea of a Government built upon it—when the "storm came and the wind blew, it fell."
Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and moral condition.
. . . look with confidence to the ultimate universal acknowledgement of the truths upon which our system rests? It is the first government ever instituted upon the principles in strict conformity to nature, and the ordination of Providence, in furnishing the materials of human society. Many governments have been founded upon the principle of the subordination and serfdom of certain classes of the same race; such were and are in violation of the laws of nature. Our system commits no such violation of nature's laws.
Head below the fold for just a reminder of what that all means. Read that again.
• The Founding Fathers accepted slavery into the Union, but believed it was both evil and on its way out.
• The Confederacy was founded on the idea that "all men are created equal" is "fundamentally wrong."
• The Confederacy has its "cornerstone" entirely on racial inequality.
• The Confederacy was "founded upon exactly the opposite ideas" of the United States.
This isn't the voice of some latter-day apologist who dreamed up noble phrases to paint over events of the time. This is the reality. This is what the men who carried out this treason believed. This is what the men who carried out this treason said. This is what the men who carried out this treason acted to achieve.
There is, in the whole Confederate enterprise, not one admirable notion. Is it part of our history? Yes, it is, to our everlasting shame. It's a part of our history the same way that the apartheid state is a part of South African history. It's a part of our history the same way that the Nazi Reich is a part of German history. It's a part of our history that should embarrass us.
It's the part of our history in which traitors who not only didn't believe in the American union, but also didn't believe in the basic ideals of America, formed a state whose core was nothing less than pure racism.
It should be no more acceptable to wave a Confederate flag in the United States than it is to fly a swastika. No more acceptable to proclaim yourself sympathetic to the Confederate cause than to proclaim yourself a supporter of ISIS. There is no moral difference. None. These are the banners of the enemies of our nation and of our ideals—enemies whose existence is based on inequality and subjugation.
Romanticizing these causes isn't admirable, it's an illness. (Daily Kos)
Screw illness; its' treason in its' worst form...and that goes from those who led Confederate forces in battle all the way down to the individual soldier; if America could do anything in the wake of the Charleston shooting, we could start by finally - finally - addressing this scourge on the American body politic.

To those who think they're honoring "heritage"....
...these above are the heroes of the Civil War. Those who fought and died to preserve the Union, not rip it asunder. Maybe, just maybe, we'll get around to holding the Confederate battle flag in the same vein that we do the Nazi Swastika..as an unmitigated symbol of evil on this earth.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Obama Official Blames Democrat Policies For Baltimore, Ferguson, Etc.,...

Isn't it refreshing to hear a top Justice Dept. official say something honest for once?
Vanita Gupta, head of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, told a lawyers group in Colorado that slavery and Jim Crow were responsible for the Ferguson and Baltimore riots.
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Let’s start with the first question and consider the source of the mistrust. Mistrust can’t be explained away as the kneejerk reaction of the ill-informed or the hyperbolic. It’s in part the product of historical awareness about the role that police have played in enforcing and perpetuating slavery, the Black Codes, lynchings and Jim Crow segregation. (Gay Patriot via. PJ Media)
She's right, but what she didn't add to the above is that it was her own party, the Democratic Party, that instituted those policies over the course of American history. After all, as Human Events points out, it was their party that created those policies...yet, if you listen to the media major-domos, you'd swear it was the Republican Party at fault for these things; its' as if no one remembers history or the past - or both.

Just remember: its' the Democrats' fault for Baltimore and Ferguson and we need to make them own it, at every opportunity; there is no reason on this earth for people to meekly accept that things as they stand are the best they can hope for...and the sooner we can help people escape the plantation that is the Democrat Party, the better off America will ultimately be.