Monday, May 16, 2011

From the "Since you asked…" file.

South Carolina State Senator Glenn McConnell wonders
“Why was the war fought — was it about slavery or states’ rights?”
Since you asked, slavery, but just to make sure, let's ask Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States Of America…
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.
So, slavery it is.

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Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

It seems that it actually was about both states' rights and slavery. Of course, in the case of what led to the Civil War, it was about a bunch of states that wanted to keep the so-called "right" to enslave other human beings, rather than have them be free; or have them ask for money to make a living; or even pay them by bartering (such as the sharecroppers endured, decades later and credit card holders do now).

What gets me is that few - if any - of the yahoos today who get all worked up over the term "states' rights," want to challenge the Federal government's right to persist in keeping marijuana illegal; when most people, in many states, want to make it legal (again).

Want to confuse or agitate the average "tea party" person you meet? Ask them why him or her why not fight the Federal government over the right to ingest marijuana for back pain, cancer or just for the hell of it? Be prepared to be accused of wanting to turn America over to invading hoards, as well as turn America's youth into slack-jawed morons (which has seemingly already happened, anyway).

2:29 AM  
Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

Mangled typo in last post: Second sentence, last paragraph, should read, thus, "Ask him or her why not fight the Federal government over the right to ingest marijuana for back pain, cancer or just for the hell of it?"

2:31 AM  

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